Rajkot: The Ahmedabad crime branch (ACB) has handed over the custody of a Mumbai-based Irani gang member to Rajkot A-Division police officials on Saturday for duping city-based traders of gold jewellery worth Rs 22 lakh.
Though Sartajhussein Sayed (38) was arrested from Kandivali in Mumbai for allegedly duping a gold trader in Ahmedabad, during interrogation, he confessed to conning two traders in Rajkot as well. Following this revelation, the ACB ed Rajkot A-Division police station which secured his custody.

A trader named Jayvant Lathigara (62) had lodged a complaint against Sayed with the Rajkot A-Division police station. “In his complaint, Lathigara alleged that four persons, posing as crime branch officials, had searched his bag at Soni Bazaar area in Rajkot. After returning the bag, they left. On checking, Lathigara found 172mg gold jewellery was stolen,” said an official from Rajkot A-Division police station.

“In similar fashion, the conmen had duped another trader named Kalpesh Mandesha of 722mg gold jewellery near Diwanpara police chowky on Bhupendra Road in Rajkot. In both cases, the victims did not know the identities of the criminals. However, when Sayed was arrested, he confessed to his involvement in both the crimes,” added the official.

Cops have launched a manhunt for Sayed’s co-accused Habib Jafri, Shahid Hussein and Ahmedali Jafri.

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