A 35-year-old man, who allegedly cheated four women on the pretext of marriage through matrimonial websites by posing himself as a Army Major, has been arrested, police said on Tuesday. In one case, police said he duped a woman of Rs 5,95,000.
The accused, identified as Kisley Thakur, had uploaded his profile on matrimonial website shaadi.com identifying himself as Major Ashiq Bashir.
“Thakur had made an impressive profile on the website and had uploaded details about his job, the places he had been posted and his salary details. He would make promises to marry the women and then extract money from them on the pretext of buying wedding gifts. He would then flee,” an officer said.
Thakur, a resident of Amritsar, was arrested from Gurgaon on Saturday on a complaint of one Syed Rizwan. Police said he has cheated four women so far, but only one complaint has been registered so far.
Rizwan had filed a complaint with police alleging that while searching for a suitable groom for his sister, he came in contact with a man, who identified himself as Major Ashiq Bashir, a resident of Bangalore posted in Leh-Ladakh region of Military Intelligence Unit of Indian Army.
“The marriage was finalised and Rizwan promised to give the newlyweds a Renault Duster. Thakur then told Rizwan that he would help him book the car at a good discount from the Army canteen and that Rizwan should deposit the money into the account of a friend named Kisley Thakur,” police said.
Rizwan first deposited the money in three instalments into the specified account. However, when Rizwan enquired about Thakur, he found that there was no officer by this name posted in the Military Intelligence Unit at Leh-Ladakh unit. He then approached the police and a registered a case in the matter, police said.
Additional Commissioner of Police (West) Ranvir Singh said, “A team was constituted and a trap laid with the help of Rizwan.The accused was convinced that he would be paid the remaining amount and accordingly chose to receive the payment in Gurgaon, from where he was arrested.”
Police said that Thakur has a BA from Wilson College, Mumbai, and later worked as an assistant manager in M K Hotel, Amritsar.
After three years, he got married but was dissatisfied with his life. He then decided to earn quick money by cheating people,