Police arrested two self-proclaimed man-gods on Thursday who entered homes to seek alms and extracted money and gold ornaments from unsuspecting women in the name of prayers to solve their problems.
MUMBAI: Police on Thursday arrested two self-proclaimed man-gods who entered homes to seek alms and extract money and gold ornaments from unsuspecting women in the name of prayers to solve their problems. The duo are part of a six-member gang, which duped around 50 women in the eastern suburbs.
Police said the cheating came to light on December 18 when a woman approached them claiming that a man dressed as a sadhu entered her house while she was alone and made her give her mangalsutra. valued at Rs 75,000 and Rs 28,000 in cash. after having promised to perform prayers for his well-being. Some time after the sadhu left, the victim realized that she had been swindled and approached the police and lodged a complaint.
Suhas Kamble, senior police inspector at Pantnagar police station, said they scanned CCTV footage around the victim’s home and over the next five days rounded up 60 men dressed as sadhus. in the eastern suburbs of Mumbai begging for alms in residential areas. . After questioning them, the police discovered that a band of self-proclaimed men-gods from the districts of Nashik and Jalgaon were roaming the area. “We then alerted our informants who gave us the cell phone number of one of the suspects. Our officers traced the accused to Ghoti in the Nashik district, ”Kamble said. Police then set a trap near the Ghoti toll booth and arrested 33-year-old Bharat Chauhan, who was prowling dressed as a sadhu. When questioned by the police, Bharat Chauhan revealed that his accomplice identified as Yogesh Chauhan, 36, was in Mumbai. Based on Bharat Chauhan’s detailed information, police tracked down Yogesh Chauhan and arrested him in Ghatkopar on Thursday. Police claimed to have recovered the victim’s gold mangalsutra from Yogesh Chauhan.
“We arrested the two men for cheating under section 420 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The two men revealed that they were part of a gang, comprising four other members, and that they had cheated on more than 50 women in the eastern suburbs of Mumbai since January 2021, ”Kamble said. The police are now trying to locate other members of the gang.