Duo arrested for selling fake gold biscuits

New Delhi: Two contractors were arrested from outside Jama Masjid in central Delhi for allegedly trying to sell fake gold biscuits, police said today. Vinod Kumar, 30, and Mohd Mustafa, 35, were apprehended last evening after they returned to the mosque to allegedly sell gold biscuits after one Mohd Ashu had already bought one.

"Policemen patrolling the area heard a man shouting for help and we overpowered them," Additional Commissioner of Police (Central) Devesh Srivastava said. Ashu told police that the duo approached him on Wednesday and persuaded him to buy gold biscuits. The duo allegedly told him that they have ten gold biscuits and wanted to sell it. Ashu bought one for Rs 2,000 and assured them that he will also purchase the remaining gold biscuits after managing cash in evening.

However, Srivastava said, Ashu became suspicious and got verified the "gold" biscuit from a goldsmith and found that it was fake. In the evening, Kumar and Mustafa approached Ashu who then demanded that his money be returned. "He also shouted for help and both the accused tried to flee but were overpowered by police. Ten fake gold biscuits were recovered allegedly from them," Srivastava said.

Kumar and Mustafa told police that they are friends and used to work as construction contractors in Meerut. "They met one Veerpal who lured them into supplying fake gold biscuits in Delhi. He promised them good money. They accepted the offer given by Veerpal to earn quick money," Srivastava said.