The police said that the accused was told by Virender Mohan Brar (the father) that his company could arrange for the sale of the item to NASA for around ₹375 billion after testing its genuineness.
He wrote they had assured the victim the "rice puller" would be sold to NASA for millions of rupees after it had been tested by scientists. In an incident that took place in Delhi, a father-son duo reportedly duped a garments businessman of Rs 1.43 crore, after asking him to invest in a device that NASA apparently "required".
The Delhi Police arrested the two on Tuesday. The cheating happened on the pretext of arranging the testing procedure that included arranging special chemicals, calling foreign scientists and buying special Hazmat suits for them.
After that the complainant again entered into an MoU with the company and again paid Rs 5.6 lakh, Rs 3.5 lakh and Rs 42 lakh on different occasions for purchasing of a special suit for the scientist, his fees and chemicals required for the testing of RP which was scheduled in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh.
Police told media the accused passed off the metal plate as a "rare piece of copper", which they said was "struck by thunderbolt" and therefore had the ability to pull rice.
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The "spacemen", however, were caught out when the businessman went to police complaining about them.
The cheats tell their victims that the RP will be purchased by NASA/DRDO for thousands of crores but the organizations will test it before purchasing.
According to the police, the victim later found out that the "scientist" was working with the accused, and was being paid ₹20,000. He then filed a complaint and the father and son were arrested.
During the investigation, the RP' copper plate, anti-radiation scientist suits of NASA and anti-radiation chemical stickers were seized from their possession.
Rice Puller is a non-existent thing, but cheats take a copper plate or utensil and coat it with liquid magnet and then fill some boiled rice with small iron wires and befool the victim by pulling the rice grain towards the magnet coated copper article, said the Joint CP. The duo spun a yarn about procuring a metal called "Rice Puller" which was highly sought after by NASA.