In May, one Narender, a businessman engaged in garment exports, approached the Crime Branch that he was cheated by Virender Mohan Brar, Baba Brar, and others, they said.
At the same time, the other associates of the alleged seller of RP' mounted pressure on the victim for finalisation of the deal or they would sell it to some other person and took him to another company and convinced him that he would not be cheated this time, police said.
Two Indians have been paraded by police in homemade "space suits" after their arrest for a freakish space scam. 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.
They promised it would be sold to NASA and India's space agency for hundreds of millions of dollars, police said.
The victim told the police that initially, the device was to be tested in Hapur, a small city in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, but the accused kept shifting dates and made frivolous excuses like the place was not a conducive location for the tests.
The "rice puller" copper plate, fake Hazmat suits and other protective gear have been recovered from the duo, identified as Virender Mohan Brar, 56, and his 30-year-old son, Nitin Mohan.
The "spacemen", however, were caught out when the businessman went to police complaining about them. 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. What's more hilarious is the fact that the father-son duo also indulged in posing as DRDO officials wearing a spacesuit to explain to the businessman why more research is required before "Rice Puller" could be sold to NASA at astronomical prices.
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 cheats are also often known to tell victims that the metal device is extremely rare.
Later on, the victim came to know that the said scientist is working with the accused persons for monthly salary of Rs 20,000. The police told the media that they covered the copper plate with a liquid magnet in order to fool the businessman.
During probe, the alleged RP copper plate, anti-radiation suits from NASA and anti-radiation chemical stickers were recovered along laptop, printer, blank letter heads of Rehan Metals, US, one Audi auto from the accused.