Odishatv Bureau

Puri: As many as 10 women of Mota village in Brahmagiri of Puri district were taken for a ride by three unidentified women who looted jewellery worth lakhs of rupees from them. The women sold fake gold to the women in the pretext of giving them original yellow metal in new and trendy designs.

The matter came to light on Tuesday after the cheated women went with their jewellery to exchange it for some money they needed. To their shock, they were told that the metal is artificial and not gold.

According to sources, few days back, the three women had come to the village to sell bangles. The trio persuaded a few women from the village to exchange their gold chains with newly designed ones.  Many women trusted them and exchanged their old jewellery without realizing that they were being cheated.

However, they came to know the reality only when they went to exchange their gold.

On receiving complaint, police have initiated an investigation. The three looters are however, at large.