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Mumbai: Student dupes picnickers with fake villa advertisement at Pavana Lake in Lonavala, arrested

by Eha

Mumbai: A 21-year-old travel and tourism student was recently arrested from Pune city for allegedly creating a fake advertisement and duplicate ID with photographs of a 5-BHK Lake Mansion Villa at Pavana Lake in Lonavalaonline for primary homestays for vacation rentals and tourism activities, that offered high discounts and duped over dozen picnickers of over Rs1 lakh after making them pay in advance to book the villa, which belonged to aPowai businessman.Aakash Jadhawani, who is in judicial custody, confessed to the crime as he wanted to party with friends in resorts at Lonavala and Mahableshwar, and he purchased two high-end mobile phones and bought clothes. The newly-formed cyber crime unit in Bandra (W) said Jadhawani created advertisements for three bungalows and siphoned off over Rs 4 lakh this year. Jadhawani abused victims when they called, and threatened to “gangrape” family members if they called again. Jadhawani came across the villa on a Vista Villa website, owned and run by businessman Ashish Lonandkar (39).“Jadhawani created an advertisement on another travel website with hostname as Harsh and email ID of jadhawani.associates@gmail.com and accepted bookings after posting photos of Lonandkar’s bungalow. Lonandkar wasunaware about the fraud till he got a call from Atul on February 2, about renting his bungalow at a low price,” said a police officer.Lonandkar, who owns the villa with a swimming pool, was shocked when he got calls from several people. “I feel sad for the victims but they should have paid money to the authorize website through which bookings are done,instead of an individual. Some people reached the villa and called me, saying they have booked it and made advance payments. After I got the calls, I went through the travel website and saw my bungalows photographs werefraudulently used,” Lonandkar told Lonandkar also got calls from picnickers Bhavesh Kotak who paid Rs16,500, Debashish Mandal paid Rs11,500 and Lipsa Patnaik paid Rs45,000. After repeated calls from victims, Lonandkar filed a complaint with Powai policeon February 10.Jadhawani was arrested on March 15 after additional commissioner of police Sandip Karnik supervised DCP (zone IX) Abhishek Trimukhe, who led the team of senior inspector Savita Shinde, sub-inspector Vijay Vagare,constable Sangram Jadhav, and Powai inspector Vijay Dalvi, who tracked down Jadhawani to his Pune home. Shinde said Jadhawani was computer-savvy, while Dalvi said they recovered Rs73,000 from Jadhawani, who is from a well-to-do family and his father is into tours and travels

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