Chennai: A senior citizen was arrested by city police after he tried to sell fake gold jewellery at a pawn shop in Palavanthangal on Thursday evening.
According to police, Harichand Jain (50) is a resident of MGR Salai in Nanganallur, and originally from Jaipur in Rajasthan. He runs a pawn shop near his house in Nanganallur.
Police said that a man came to Harichand's shop on Thursday evening. He alleged that he was from Salem and had admitted his daughter in a private hospital in the city. He said that he wanted to dispose of a gold earring weighing about five grams worth Rs 10,000 in order to pay the hospital bill. “After Harichand Jain confirmed the earrings' authenticity, he struck the deal and gave him Rs 8,500.” After an hour the old man again came to his shop with 20 grams jewellery and asked for Rs 50,000 in return. On suspicion, Harichand melted the gold and to his shock, found that it was not gold. It is learnt that the man had coated the pieces with fake jewellery.
Harichand caught the man and handed him over to Palavanthagal police. Police identified the man as Chinnaswamy (60) of Annadanapatti in Salem....