The video calling screen grab of fake gold trader Robin alias Lokman and the fake gold artefact. Image credit - Northeast Now

Illegal activities of fake gold trade continue to thrive at Bongalmora area in Lakhimpur district after an incident of luring a person from Aligarh of Uttar Pradesh for gold artifact in cheaper rates surfaces.

The way the man from Aligarh was contacted by the fake gold traders is the same as the frauds involved in illegal activities used to do all the times to contact as a known person of earlier acquaintance.

They tell the target buyer that a gold artifact has been found by two masons while digging for a well or for a building in Assam or Arunachal Pradesh and ask help in buying the artifact at cheaper rates.

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If responded well, the indented customer is asked to come to Lakhimpur’s Bongalmora area under Nowboicha LAC where the fake gold traders dupe after taking the money.

However, this time, the contacted person from Aligargh refused to come to Lakhimpur in Assam for the distance and recorded all the telephonic conversation of the fake gold trader.

Sanjay Sharma, a resident from Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh, was contacted by one Robin Das alias Lokman Ali from mobile phone numbers 6001459820 and 6900026463 asking him to buy a gold artifact that his two mason cousins had found in Arunachal Pradesh while digging a well in April this year.

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Sharma was asked to come to Lakhimpur district in Assam to collect the artifact by paying an amount which is much cheaper for gold in the market.

However, as Sharma expressed his inability to visit Assam, the trader sent samples of gold cut from the artifact through speed post.

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The sender’s name in the Speed Post receipt shows as Akram Ali of Salmora vide receipt number ES810281038IN, dated April 10, 2019 sent from North Lakhimpur Head Post Office.

Sharma also recorded his conversation with Robin alias Lokman on his mobile phone and handed over the audio and photos to this correspondent.

Sanjay Sharma’s account once again proves the continued and unabated activities by fake gold traders from Bongalmora in Lakhimpur district and negates the existence of police.

Despite regular reports of instances of duped customers by these traders and some arrests by the police these activities remain unchecked.

The targeted buyers are lured to visit Bongalmora where they are looted and duped. In the case of Sanjay Sharma, the fake traders insisted him to come to Lakhimpur for the gold.

The inability by the police to wipe out this illicit trade from a small area of Lakhimpur district has raised many questions among the public here.

Farhana Ahmed

Farhana Ahmed is Northeast Now Correspondent in North Lakhimpur. She can be reached at: farhana.ahmed777@gmail.com

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