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The two accused claimed'rice-puller is an ancient magical apparatus made of copper and iridium that is used by agencies like NASA

The two accused claimed'rice-puller is an ancient magical apparatus made of copper and iridium that is used by agencies like NASA

A father-son duo was arrested by the Delhi Police Crime Branch for allegedly cheating a man of Rs 1.43 crore on the pretext of selling and testing Rice Puller, apparently used by research agencies, police said today.

After Narendar approached the crime branch and said that he was duped, the crime branch constituted a team after noting down his complaint.

Speaking of the device and how it has no goal, Naveen Gaur, an associate professor of physics at Delhi University's Dyal Singh College told Hindustan Times: "The "rice puller" is only a common metal plate that is useless for scientists in every way". The victim was told that if he invested money for the testing, he could earn handsome amount, Kumar said. He said Virender Mohan Brar told him the testing would be done by "scientists of Defence Research and Development Organisation" who "worked for him", and asked him to invest for huge profits.

The accused, identified as Virender Mohan Brar (56) and Nitin Mohan Brar (30), are Paschim Vihar residents. The Delhi Police arrested the two on Tuesday. They had allegedly told the complainant that if the test was successful, they would sell it to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for Rs 37,500 crore.

Later, other associates of the alleged seller of the "Rice Puller" threatened to finalise the "deal" elsewhere and introduced the victim to another "seller", assuring him that this deal was genuine. After that, the victim entered into an MoU with Virender Mohan Brar and paid Rs 87.2 lakh for arranging special anti-radiation suits to be worn by scientists during testing, fees of scientist, for obtaining chemicals required for testing etc. He again entered into an MoU and paid Rs 5.6 lakh, Rs 3.5 lakh and Rs 42 lakh for the same stuff he had paid earlier.

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Later, Narender realised that the "DRDO scientists" were working for Brar for just Rs 20,000.

During the investigation, the RP' copper plate, anti-radiation scientist suits of NASA and anti-radiation chemical stickers were seized from their possession.

Police said the men appeared to have covered a copper plate with "liquid magnet" and iron wires in order to try to fool the businessman.

According to police, the pair had told the man that the "rare piece of copper" had been "struck by thunderbolt" and therefore had the power to pull rice towards it.

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