Expelled from the hotel, an Australian had his phones stolen, a wallet; one outfit

An Australian man has lost Rs 1.8 lakh worth of valuables and important documents after three people stole him under the guise of helping him file a police complaint against hotel staff.

Aso Hamzehei, 38, who claimed to be the CEO of two Sydney-based companies, allegedly lost two mobile phones, a wallet containing credit cards and a driver’s license, Rs 4,000 in cash and two bags in Kushalnagar, in the northeast Bengaluru in June. 23.

Govindapura Police opened a case of robbery or robbery with attempt to seriously injure or kill. A suspect, identified as Syed Imran, has been arrested.

Aso came to Bengaluru on May 23 for a business trip and rented two places at Manyata Embassy Business Park and Shivajinagar. He stayed at the Fortune Inn hotel in Nagavara.

On the night of June 23, while on his way to the hotel from his office in Shivajinagar, the staff asked him to pay unpaid rent for 15 days at Rs 900 per day. Aso said he would pay online, but staff insisted on paying in cash. An argument ensued and he was reportedly beaten by five staff members.

The commotion drew three men staying in another room. As Aso vowed to go to the police, the trio offered to help. They took him on a scooter but instead of going to the police station they took him to a desolate place at 10th Cross in Kushalnagar.

Another person joined them there. They all threw themselves on him and robbed him. But Aso threw stones at them, forcing them to flee. He then filed a complaint with the police.

Bheemashankar S Guled, DCP (East) said, “The victim had no Indian currency to pay the rent for the room as he was unable to open a bank account in the city. So he insisted on paying online.

According to Guled, the staff asked Aso to leave the room if he couldn’t pay cash. When he went to the room with the staff, they beat him. Aso then left the room and left with his things. The DCP said hotel staff were booked for assault.

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