Bengaluru man cheated by logistics company, cops intervene to ensure delivery
A 26-year-old engineer from the city said Leo International Packers and Movers went out of touch with the outside world and failed to deliver his bike for six weeks before filing a police complaint.
On July 11, the 26-year-old engineer Saideep Cherukuri from Bengaluru wanted to transport his bike to his hometown of Tadepalligudem in Andhra Pradesh. After searching and inquiring on Logisticmart, an online search portal for moving companies, he received a call from someone who claimed to be working with the renowned logistics company Agrawal Packers. He handed his bike over to a man on July 11th, but over six weeks later, in early September, Saideep had lost over 16,000 rupees but was no closer to seeing his bike turn up at its destination.
“The man on the call introduced himself as Agrawal Packer and Mover, but when he gave us an invoice to transport the bike, the company was called Leo International Packer and Mover. A man named Anil Kumar took the bike and then there was none Contact for a while, “says Saideep TNM.
Saideep initially paid 1000 rupees for the transport after agreeing a price of 4000 rupees. Two weeks after the bike was handed over, the man turned to him and asked him to pay Rs 12,000 for the bike to be delivered. He says that even after paying that amount in the past month, there was no trace of his bike.
Saideep lodged a complaint with the Sadashivanagar Police Station in Bengaluru, but said he was told by police officers to wait longer for the company to deliver the bike. Sadashivanagar Police Inspector M Manjunath told TNM that the complaint was opened last week on September 3 and the company – Leo International Packers and Movers – had been investigated. An FIR under Section 420 of India’s Criminal Code (Fraud and Dishonest Induction of Delivery of Property) was registered at Sadashivanagar Police Station, accusing Anil Kumar and his colleague Jaideep.
“I went to the police station repeatedly for weeks to recover my bike, but they said there might be a delay due to the pandemic. But when the moving companies asked me for more money to deliver the product, I handed one A police complaint and finally the bike was delivered on Saturday, “says Saideep.
M Manjunath, the police inspector from Sadashivanagar Police Station who investigated the case, says police contacted Anil Kumar, the man who picked up the bike, on the phone number shared by Saideep. “We took him for questioning after visiting his office near Goreguntepalya to withhold the cargo for delivery. He was released after the cargo was delivered,” says Manjunath.
Another Bengaluru-based Asif Khan, 28, told TNM that employees who claimed they were from Leo International Packers and Movers have not returned his belongings in over five months. Asif, a resident of Whitefield, Bengaluru, works in the entertainment industry and called Leo International to bring household items from Bengaluru to Mumbai on March 20 this year. Asif found Leo International through Justdial, a local search engine service.
According to Saideep and Asif, there are more people who are similarly waiting for their items to be delivered by this company.