Banjara Hills police arrested a fashion designer for duping an engineering student, who offered to sell his Royal Enfield bike on an e-marketing portal and escape with his bike by offering a post-dated cheque.
According to police, Ravi Kumar 32 years old, and a fashion designer who runs a boutique with his wife at Nizampet in Kukatpally, saw a post about Royal Enfield bike on offer for Rs 75,000 by one Imran on August 20.
Seeing the post, Ravi Kumar called Imran, an engineering student from Banjara Hills, and told him that he was interested in the bike.
Imran and Ravi then met near NTR Trust Bhavan on August 28. Ravi took a test ride of the bike and gave a post-dated cheque for Rs 75,000 to Imran.
“Imran refused to hand over the bike till the cheque gets enchased. Ravi then able to convinced Imran to keep the bike at his friend Bose’s house behind LV Prasad hospital till the cheque gets encashed,” said R Rambabu inspector (detective) Banjara Hills.
As soon as Imran kept the bike at the house of Bose and left the place, Ravi took it and fled. He also changed the bike’s colour from black to orange to avoid identification.
Imran tried to contact Ravi in the evening and finds his phone switched off. Imran runs to his friend’s house and knew that Ravi took away his bike. Two days later, the cheque given by Ravi also bounced and Imran intimated police and lodged a complaint with police.
Police registered a case against Ravi under sections 420 (Cheating) and 379 (Theft) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). By analyzing cell phone call data of Ravi, police nabbed him at Nizampet on Wednesday and seized the stolen bike.