BENGALURU: The five special counters that were set up at Commercial Street police station received a whopping 3,300 complaints from IMA investors in a span of five hours. “Going by the number of complaints, this appears to be the biggest scam to have rocked the city in recent times,” a police officer said. In fact, cops had to set up special counters after Lady Curzon Road — which connects Bowring Hospital and Infantry Road — turned into a battle zone, with angry investors taking to the streets.Tension escalated by noon, when crowds swelled in front IMA Jewels showroom; investors feared they wouldn’t get their money back. What complicated the situation was that the showroom, which was supposed to reopen on Monday following Eid holidays, remained shut, leading to suspicion among investors, who tried to barge into the store. Deputy commissioner of police-east, Rahul Kumar Shahapurwad, requested all those gathered to assemble on the premises of a nearby church so that they could file written complaints. The protesters, however, refused to budge. “Those wishing to file complaints at stations can do so. Please attach relevant documents along with the complaint copy,” DCP Shahapurwad was heard telling the crowd. Shahapurwad told TOI they have launched a manhunt for Khan and others. “Most of the staff of IMA Jewels have remained incommunicado and their mobile phones are off. A few others, with whom we communicated, have no idea about Khan’s whereabouts,” he added. Protesters grew restless on learning that Khan couldn’t be traced and his staff hadn’t turned up. Many of them blamed Shivajinagar MLA Roshan Baig for the messy affair and demanded he visit them and make arrangements for quick repayment. Traffic in and around Infantry Road and Shivajinagar came to a standstill for over an hour following the uproar.
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