‘CBI sleuths’ abduct 3 ‘rice puller’ agents
Four men posing as CBI sleuths are reported to have abducted three persons from a hotel in Ponda and decamped with a ‘rice puller’, which was brought from Belgaum to be handed over to a man from Curchorem, who had paid an advance of Rs 1 crore for the object.
According to Ponda Police, Nandakishore Vasta from Khamamal-Curchorem complained that three persons from Belgaum, who were supposed to deliver him the ‘rice puller’, were kidnapped by four unknown persons at a Ponda hotel.
According to sources, the persons from Belgaum had come to Goa along with the ‘rice puller’.
A ‘rice puller’ is a popular scam in the country, whereby the metal object is purported to have a unique mixture of copper and iridium to account for magical powers and to attract grains of rice.
Sources further informed that Vasta had initially visited Belgaum to purchase the ‘rice puller’ and had, accordingly, paid Rs 1 crore to the three persons at Ponda. The balance amount was to be paid on December 12. Rumours are rife that a former MLA may have also been involved in the deal to purchase the “rice puller”.
According to Vasta, four men impersonating as CBI sleuths barged into the hotel room on December 11, assaulted the three men and later took them in a rented car.
The “CBI sleuths” then took the trio along with the ‘rice puller’ near the CBI office at Bambolim and asked the taxi driver to leave the site. The three men were later reportedly released by the abductors. The incident came to light on Wednesday when Vasta called on the three men and they narrated the incident.
Ponda police confirmed that the abductors were fake CBI officials and had decamped with the ‘rice puller’.
Incidentally, the three men from Belgaum are presently in New Delhi and police is trying to find out how they had reached Delhi without intimating either Vasta or the police of the reported abduction.
Doubts are also being raised on the credibility of the abduction claims made by the three persons from Belgaum. PSI Raul Dhamsekar is investigating the case. [H]