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Mohit Goel

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Mohit Goel was hold after one of a phone’s distributors claimed it had not perceived handsets

The executive of Ringing Bells, a Indian organisation that claimed to be offering a world’s cheapest smartphone, has been arrested on allegations of fraud.

Mohit Goel was hold after one of a phone’s distributors claimed it had not perceived handsets it had paid for.

The Freedom 251 phone, labelled during 251 rupees ($3.70; £3), went on pre-sale in Feb 2016.

But while many business got their phones, Ringing Bells is indicted of not fulfilling all of a orders.

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‘Similar complaints’

The placement company, Ayam Enterprises, pronounced it paid 3m rupees ($45,000; £35,800) after Mr Goel swayed it to discharge a phone.

But it claimed usually 1.4m-worth of inclination were delivered and purported staff perceived genocide threats if they “kept seeking for a income again and again”.

Police orator Rahul Srivastava reliable a detain to a BBC, and pronounced that Mr Goel would seem in justice on Friday.

“A series of identical complaints have been filed opposite him from other tools of a state. We wish to examine these claims thoroughly,” he said.

“It’s critical for us to display these scams since trusting people finish adult losing their hard-earned money.

Media captionA closer demeanour during a Freedom 251

“We are saying an augmenting series of technology-related frauds. we interest to people to be certain before investing income into such schemes.”

‘Ponzi scheme’

Ringing Bells initial started holding income for a phones in Feb final year, primarily earnest smoothness by June.

Demand for a inexpensive handset, that it sole by a possess website, caused a company’s servers to crash.

At a launch, Mr Goel had pronounced a phone would be locally done as partial of a Make in India program, promoted aggressively by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.

But there were copiousness of questions around a firm’s business model, with many seeking how it could be offering so cheaply. Several analysts have described a phone as a “ponzi scheme”.