Tantrik arrested for cheating

Sahab Alam was apprehended from Old Mustfabad recently following investigations into a complaint filed by a woman that she was cheated of Rs 37,000 and her jewellery, a senior police official said.

She claimed that Alam duped her on the pretext of solving her personal problem. The woman had watched a cable TV advertisement of Chand Bhai Shah claiming to solve problems. She met him. He in turn gave her a small packet and told her to put it under her pillow while sleeping and meet him after three days.

When she reached his office, he told her that she is facing problems and had to perform three 'pooja'.

"He impressed her by igniting fire from a pot. He took Rs 20,000 from her and asked her to again come to his office after three days with jewellery. When she reached his office with gold, both the persons put the jewellery into a small pot, tied it with a red piece of cloth and returned it to her and again took Rs 17,000 from her," the official said.

The official said after two days, he called her on her phone and told her that someone from her family is going to die and directed her to put all available gold in her house in that pot.

After two days, he again called her to his office with the jewellery to perform last 'pooja'.

"He directed her to close her eyes and meditate. After two minutes, he asked her to open her eyes and gave her a packet which he claimed contained the jewellery and directed her to open it only on his next direction on phone.

When she did not received any call, she tried to contact him, but his phone was switched off.

On getting suspicious, she opened the packet and found pebbles and some flowers in it, the official said.

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