The Juhu police on Monday arrested a Bangalore-based businessman for allegedly duping a woman of Rs 2 lakh. Vicky Nambiar alias Byju VC (40) is suspected to have cheated more than 100 women by promising marriage to them.
Last April,the victim identified as Madhuri Salvi (38),a former principal of a Juhu-based college,had registered a complaint with the police,according to which she had met the accused through a matrimony site on April 3. While chatting,Byju told Salvi he lives in Bangalore and owns a garment business. On April 6,the two met in a coffee shop in Juhu and decided to get married.
After a few days,the accused allegedly told Salvi he was going through financial trouble and needed Rs 2 lakh for a business deal. According to Salvis complaint,she gave Byju the money that she was saving for the marriage. After some days,Byju allegedly called her up again and said he was admitted to a Pune hospital. Byju allegedly told Salvi he had caught an employee who fled with the cash in Pune and he beat him up. He asked Salvi to transfer Rs 15,000 to his account for the treatment,the complainant alleged.
I suspected foul play as Byju did not allow me to visit him. I told him that I would not transfer the money,but pay the bills myself, said Salvi. Since that day,Byju stopped contacting her and even stopped answering her calls,she said.
When she realised that she had been duped,she filed a complaint. The police said the phone number he had given Salvi and from which he used to call her was being traced. We found that Byju used to target women between the age of 28 and 35 through a matrimony site and lure them by proposing to them. He used to show off that he was rich and travelled in posh cars. Within days of the engagement,he told the victim that he was in need of cash and dupe her, said an officer from Juhu police station,who did not wish to be named.
Police said they had traced Byjus calls to Bangalore,but since he did not stay in one place for long they were unable to arrest him. We got his location,arrested him on Monday and brought him to Mumbai on Tuesday, said the officer. We have learnt that another woman registered a complaint against Byju in Mulund and we suspect there are more than 100 women who he duped, said Arun Bhagt,senior police inspector of Juhu police station.