Freedom 251 phone row: Ringing Bells' MD Mohit Goel detained, hunt for other directors on

Ghaziabad Deputy SP Manish Mishra said Goel has been detained for interrogation in the matter.

Freedom 251 phone row: Ringing Bells

Police on Thursday detained Mohit Goel, the Director of Noida-based company Ringing Bells which had announced "worlds cheapest smartphone", Freedom 251 phone, at the price of Rs. 251 a piece.

We are searching for four more directors of the company, police said.

According to a report in Press Trust of India, Goel has been detained after owner of Ghaziabad-based Ayam Enterprises filed an FIR yesterday alleging that Ringing Bells "defrauded" it of Rs. 16 lakh.

Ghaziabad Deputy SP Manish Mishra said Goel has been detained for interrogation in the matter.

Ayam Enterprises, in the FIR, claimed it was persuaded by Goel and others from Ringing Bells to take up the distributorship of the Freedom 251 phones in November 2015.

"We paid Rs. 30 lakh to Ringing Bells through RTGS on different occasions. But it delivered us product worth Rs. 13 lakh only. Upon follow-up, we could get products plus money totaling Rs. 14 lakh," it claimed in the FIR.

The owners of Ayam Enterprises claim that they were threatened with life if they asked for the rest Rs. 16 lakh "again and again".

Ringing Bells had begun the sale of Freedom 251 handsets, touted as the world's cheapest, via its website in February last year. However, it landed in controversy with some alleging it was like ponzi scheme.