Bengaluru: Three men, posing as Income Tax officials, robbed a Chennai-based businessman of Rs 1 crore on NICE Road in Talaghattapura recently. After ‘confiscating’ the cash which was a mix of old and new notes the con men instructed the businessman Arogyaraj to report to the I-T headquarters in the Central Business District. It was only when Arogyaraj dutifully reported to the IT HQ on Wednesday did he realise that he had been conned.
The police said Arogyaraj was heading to an APMC yard in a van with three employees when they were intercepted. The three con men, who came in a car, instructed Arogyaraj to pull over. When the businessman stepped out of the vehicle, the trio introduced themselves as I-T officials, ‘checked’ the vehicle and recovered a bag containing Rs. 1 crore.
It was said that Arogyaraj tried to reason with them and explained that he is a wholesale dealer and was carrying the money to purchase goods. But the trio demanded documents to validate his claim. When he failed to provide the same, they confiscated the bag and asked Arogyaraj to follow their car to the I-T headquarters. Along the way, the men gave the businessmen and his employees the slip.