‘Piglets’ investments turn sour for scores of investors; Punjab firm dupes people of hundreds of crores : The Tribune India


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New Delhi, November 20

‘Invest in piglets and grow your money 1.5 times in seven months.’ The catchy tagline and the lure to earn quick bucks attracted scores of individuals, including defence personnel, into investing in the scheme.

Three years on and notwithstanding multiple FIRs across various states, the investors are now running from pillar to post to get their money back.

In the name of the pig farming business, people were told that three piglets that cost Rs 10,000 will be worth Rs 40,000 in just seven months when they become pigs.

According to one of the FIRs lodged with the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Delhi Police, Mangat Ram Maini, a resident of Firozpur in Punjab, as well as his relatives and associates allegedly defrauded investors to the tune of hundreds of crores. A company named Sure Gain Solutions (SGS) was floated by him and people were invited to invest money in the firm.

Investors said he attracted hundreds of people from November 2017 to March 2019, whose individual investments ranged between Rs 10,000 to Rs 2 crore.

“He told us that pigs are in great demand in northeastern states in India and several countries in Africa. Its meat is as expensive as Rs 150 per kilogram. He presented piglets as golden gooses and we all believed him,” said Abhishek Singh, who invested more than Rs 12 lakh in the company.

Singh, a native of Patna and working in the national capital with a multinational pharmaceutical company, said he came to know about the scheme from a close friend who encouraged him to put in a lot of money for big gains.

As per the scheme, when a person invested Rs 10,000, the company claimed to buy three piglets with that money. Then, it would use its own resources to feed them nutritional food for speedy growth. Once they grew up in seven months and became pigs, their market price would reach Rs 40,000.

Maini told investors that he would pay them Rs 15,000 on Rs 10,000 investment…

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