Four guys were detained in Chennai for reportedly selling spectacles that purported to allow the wearer to see through garments, exposing individuals nude. The group, led by a 39-year-old businessman from Bengaluru, advertised the so-called glasses for Rs 1 crore and targeted wealthy businessmen by transporting them to a secret place for trials.
The suspects were named as R Suriya from Bengaluru and his associates Ghubabib (37), Jithu Jayan (24) and S Irshad (21) from Kerala, according to a Times of India story. The four males were apprehended by police at a hotel in Kodambakkam.
Suriya allegedly conned a dealer in Chennai out of Rs 5 lakh on a promise to sell him antiques, prompting police to arrest the men. When the man learned that Suriya was in town, he went to see him in order to get his money back. Suriya and his associates intimidated him with a fake gun, prompting the trader to file an official complaint. All four defendants were brought before a magistrate and remanded in jail.
According to police, the suspects showed their unsuspecting customers footage of how the spectacles functioned before taking them to a hidden place to test them out. According to authorities, the group even hired models to appear naked in a dark area where the trials were held.
According to police, the gang members claimed to have sold three pairs of spectacles and that the leader, Suriya, was working on another idea to sell a “rice pulling vessel” to businesses that would bring them success. According to investigators, the accused stated that the vessel was constructed of copper and iridium and possessed extraordinary properties when struck by lightning. They further claimed that the men preyed on the businessmen’s superstitions.