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Members flex muscles as gym shuts down, owner held

Monday, February 11, 2019
By Suresh Golani

Charged for duping members via fradulent scheme

The 40-year-old director of a fitness firm landed in the custody of the police on charges of cheating scores of members by abruptly closing down his gymnasium in Mira Road.

The arrest followed after around 72 members led by film and television actress- Aparna Sharma lodged a complaint against the management of the fitness firm which operates Elite Pro Fitness Gym from a rental space located on the first floor of Ashley Tower in Mira Road. The complainants stated that the gym had floated a scheme promising four year membership towards one-time advance payment amounting Rs.10,000.

However, less than a year  after launching the scheme, scores of members were left in the lurch as the fitness firm enlisted as a private limited company abruptly shut shop, expressing its inability to run the gym owing to losses. After learning that the equipment and other fit-outs were being moved out from the gym in the middle of the night on Friday, the members registered a compliant with the local police. “We have arrested one of the directors identified as Natique Hussain and booked him under section 420 of the IPC,” said Senior Police Inspector Vasant Labdhe. 

Investigating officer PSI Kamble did not rule out more arrests in the case. Meanwhile, the accused was remanded to two days police custody after he was produced before the District Sessions Court, Thane on Saturday.  

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