When the money was paid, no phones were given.
Police have revealed that a real-life ‘Bunty Aur Babli’ is making millions by scamming Indians across the state of Madhya Pradesh.
The matter came to light after a businessman from Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh was conned out of Rs. 7 Lakh (£7,200) after being trapped by the couple’s scam.
The 2005 Bollywood film Bunty Aur Babli told the story of a con-artist couple. The glorification of crime in the film has inspired many couples to emulate what was depicted on-screen.
There have been numerous couples in India who have carried out scams after being inspired by the film.
In one case, a couple from Delhi committed dozens of phone robberies before they were eventually arrested.
Now, another couple has been carrying out crimes and making a lot of money.
Their crimes came to light after a case was registered. The accused had duped a businessman by offering mobile phones at low prices. When the money was paid, no phones were given.
Investigating officer Ajit Tiwari revealed that the businessman is not the only victim. He said that many people across the state have also been conned.
The accused couple have been identified as Rohit Vajpayee and his wife Annu. It was revealed that he was a Vigilance Officer of the railway before he turned to crime.
Police have said that many people turn to crime after seeing a luxury lifestyle. It is believed that the ‘Bunty Aur Babli’ couple have conned around six people in Ujjain.
The latest case was registered by a 27-year-old man named Dharmendra.
He told police that Rohit, Annu and their 11-year-old daughter moved to Ujjain when they decided to stay at the relative’s home.
Dharmendra met Rohit at a birthday party. The conman claimed he was the Area Sales Manager of a mobile company. He told his victim that he was able to offer a discount on the mobile phones.
Dharmendra decided to buy some phones from him. Rohit gained his victim’s trust by offering a 10% discount.
The businessman then placed an order for Rs. 7 Lakhs worth of mobile phones. He paid the money, however, no mobile phones were provided.
When Dharmendra tried to contact Rohit, there was no answer. At that point, he realised it was a scam and went to the police.
Police have said that Rohit and Annu have committed fraud across Ujjain and other cities in Madhya Pradesh.
With the ill-gotten gains, Rohit rented a house in a posh area of Ghaziabad and made connections there. The couple spent their wedding anniversary at a luxury hotel and invited influential people.
With their other crimes, the couple conned people in all sorts of jobs from janitors to jewellers. They made between Rs. 2 (£2,000) and 5 Lakhs (£5,100) with each scam.
Police have registered a case under Section 420 and 406 against Rohit and Annu. A search for their whereabouts is underway.