Police parade 'Nasa conmen' in tinfoil 'space suits'
A father and son team of alleged conmen, who claimed to work for Nasa, have been paraded in front of the public by Indian police, wearing "space suits" apparently made from tinfoil.
The pair stand accused of defrauding a businessman by pretending to work for the US space agency and offering to sell equipment with other-worldly qualities. The duo persuaded the victim of the scam to invest in a copper plate for 14.3m rupees (€179,000), which they claimed had "special properties", police said.
The suspects, Virender Mohan Brar and his son Nitin, had allegedly claimed they wanted to test the device, a "rare piece of copper plate struck by a thunderbolt" which had given it the power to pull rice towards it.
They had allegedly told the Delhi-based businessman, named only as Narender, that if tests were successful, they would then sell the device to Nasa for $5bn (€4.2bn).
The men were arrested after Narender complained to police after meeting some of the so-called scientists who would undertake the tests. The men have not responded to the charges or commented on their public humiliation in front of the media.
It was also unclear exactly why they had been made to wear the shambolic "space suits", with observers asking if police did so to throw shame on their alleged deeds, or simply for dramatic effect.
Police told a news conference a "rice puller" was a "non-existent thing", but the suspects allegedly coated the copper plate with "liquid magnet" and small iron wires to deceive the victim. (© Daily Telegraph London)