PASIGHAT, July 1: Police in East Siang district have busted a jewelry scam and arrested the accused couple within 24 hours of registering the case. The arrests were made with the assistance of the Delhi Police.

According to East Siang superintendent of police Dr Sachin Kumar Singhal, the incident began on June 27 when a written FIR was lodged by Yongge Tamut of GTC, Pasighat.

Tamut reported that she had given Rs 42,000 as an advance payment to Rajan Kalikoty and his wife Saritra Sonar, who ran a jewelry shop opposite Solung Ground and resided near Aane Hotel, Pasighat. The couple had promised to deliver the jewelry by March 29, but failed to do so and subsequently avoided her calls, eventually disappearing from their rented house.

Further inquiries revealed that the couple had borrowed money from several other individuals, including Kamala Chettry, Pumam Chettry, and Bina Sonar, with promises to repay, which they never fulfilled. This indicated a pattern of cheating against multiple victims.

A case was registered at Pasighat Police Station and the investigation was handed over to sub-inspector Kodak Dagium. The police team, under the supervision of the SP, tracked the accused to a rental property in Delhi with the help of Delhi Police.

The couple was apprehended from the residence of Kalpana Sharma, Saritra Sonar’s elder sister, on June 28 and brought back to Pasighat on June 29 at 12:30 pm, where they were formally arrested.