An online wholesale trader from the city of Coimbatore has been duped of 24 tons of big onions worth more than Rs 1.1 mln (€14,000). While the buyers had sold off eight tons of onion in Mettupalayam vegetable market, the police had recovered another eight tons from Madurai market. For the past 11 days, police have been searching for the remaining eight tons of onion and the buyers, but there has been little progress.
Police said the trader was duped at a time when the prices for big onions had gone up. An investigation officer identified the duped trader as Sivajiram Bhav Viral, of Nashik in Maharashtra. An online wholesale big onion trader, he has a godown on Ukkadam-Perur bypass road.
"On September 23, a person called up Sivajiram saying he was an online trader of essential commodities and that he wanted 24 tons of onions. He promised to pay part in cash the next day and to issue a cheque for the rest."
But as the onion seller didn't receive any payments, on September 30 Sivajiram lodged a complaint with Selvapuram (crime) police inspector T. Mariamuthu, who registered a case against Balakrishnan and Swetha under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code.
On October 3, police managed to trace one of the two remaining trucks and questioned the driver. "He told us that the consignment was unloaded in Madurai market, from where we recovered eight tons of big onion. When the case was taken to the judicial magistrate court-V, it ordered us to handover the seized onions to Sivajiram," the officer said.