Cabbies cheating foreigners at Mumbai airport nabbed

August 21st, 2008 - 10:09 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Aug 21 (IANS) Two cabbies involved in targeting and cheating foreigners arriving at Mumbai airport were arrested Thursday, police said. The police swung into action after two Belgians - Fondrim Morphy and Sean Patten - who arrived here by a Jet Airways flight from Kolkata Aug 7, complained they had been cheated by a cabbie, Joint Police Commisioner (Crime) Rakesh Maria said.

The duo stepped out of the airport and waved down a cab to take them to south Mumbai, around 20 kms away. The cabby demanded $200 as fare.

When Morphy and Patten said they did not have that amount in foreign currency, the cabby took them to a nearby ATM machine. The duo withdrew Rs.20,000 and handed it over to the cabby, who immediately sped off, leaving them stranded.

After a couple of days, the duo complained to the Belgian Embassy in New Delhi, which sent a request to Mumbai police to help in the matter, Maria added.

Crime branch sleuths investigated many cabbies operating in the airport area before zeroing on Yasin Ehsaan Qureshi (30) and Abdul Gaffar Hamidali Khan (42) as the culprits.

The police also traced the cab in which the Belgians had travelled. Qureshi and Khan have confessed that they usually targeted gullible foreign tourists and cheated them of cash.

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