Hyderabad: An interstate conman who duped women on the pretext of arranging free saris and took away their gold ornaments by diverting attention was caught by the Hyderabad Commissioner’s Task Force (south) team on Sunday. The police recovered 13 tolas of gold ornaments from him.
Acting on a tip off, the team caught Pathan Yasin Khan of Ahmedabad in Gujarat who was on the run since 2019 and was involved in 17 cases in the city.
Yasin along with his associate Anand Ashok Bhai moved around the markets and identified women looking to shop for saris. He would start a conversation with the victims and convince that his employer who is very rich is donating clothing to poor women.
“Yasin would ask the victim to remove the gold ornaments saying that his employer would think they were not poor. He would take the gold ornament, put it in the paper cover and while diverting the attention of women, he would replace the cover containing gold ornament with one having stones and escape from the spot,” said S Raghavendra, Inspector, Task Force (south).
So far, he was involved in 17 cases reported in Mirchowk, Humayunnagar, Mahankali and Monda Market in Hyderabad apart from various police stations in Malegaon, Ratnagiri, Beed, Solapur and Aurangabad districts in Maharashtra.
Yasin along with his associate also committed offences in Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Rajasthan. The suspect along with the property seized was handed over to Mahankali police station for further action.
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