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Fake Indian 'space men' arrested over NASA scam

10 May 2018

He again entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with another company paying an additional ₹5.11 million.

"Rice puller is a non-existent thing", said Alok Kumar, the joint commissioner of police (crime branch). They assured the man that he could sell it to NASA for $5.5 billion.

The testing of the RP was eventually scheduled in UP's Hapur but was cancelled because apparently the place was not conducive to the test, following which the testing was cancelled for a couple of times more. The victim entered into a MoU with Virender Mohan Brar and paid Rs 87.2 lakh for arranging special anti-radiation suits to be worn by scientists during testing, fees of scientist, for obtaining chemicals required for testing etc, police said.

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"In May, one Narender, a businessman engaged in garment exports approached the Crime Branch that he had been cheated by Virender Mohan Brar, Baba Brar and others".

The "rice puller" copper plate, fake Hazmat suits and other protective gear have been recovered from the duo, identified as Virender Mohan Brar, 56, and his 30-year-old son, Nitin Mohan. Later, he was made to sign another deal and paid Rs 51.1 lakh. This time the testing was scheduled in Himachal's Dhramshala and was eventually called off because the sky was not clear. The accused claimed to be testing a Rice Puller aka RP', a brass plate apparently charged by a thunderbolt and required by NASA/DRDO for space research.

A copper plate covered in a thin magnetic liquid and rice mixed with iron filings were used to show off the machine. It is much sought after by space agencies for advanced space research. This is when the victim realised he cheated by the so-called scientists. They lure the victims to finance the testing bit of it in the lieu of a share in the selling price which is thousands of crores.

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Once the complaint was lodged, the police arrested the Brar duo who deals in antique/rare metals.

During probe, the alleged RP copper plate, anti-radiation suits from NASA and anti-radiation chemical stickers were recovered along laptop, printer, blank letter heads of Rehan Metals, US, one Audi vehicle from the accused.

Other scams reportedly included selling magic mirrors and two-headed snakes.

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Fake Indian 'space men' arrested over NASA scam