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Wedding cheats defraud girls of over Rs 3.5 lakh

Two men were arrested in the capital for allegedly cheating girls,who were looking for prospective grooms,and defrauding them,police said today.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: January 28, 2011 11:17:40 am

A jobless computer engineer and a computer teacher were arrested here for allegedly cheating girls,who were looking for prospective grooms,and defrauding them in separate cases,police said today.

The engineer,an MTech,wanted money for starting a new venture while the computer teacher,an MCA,did it for fun and some extra money,a senior police official said. They used a matrimonial site to get in touch with the victims.

The engineer,who had worked in MNCs like DELL and HP India,allegedly managed to take Rs 3.49 lakh from the girl before he was arrested,while the science graduate landed in police net after taking Rs 5,000 from a victim.

The arrested have been identified as Ashish Shankar (31) and Nitin Sachdeva (36),Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ashok Chand said.

Shankar was arrested following a complaint filed by the girl residing in east Delhi’s Pandav Nagar claiming that she was duped of Rs 3.49 lakh by him.

“She had given an advertisement in a newspaper in connection with her marriage. Shankar contacted her and after several meetings,he promised to marry her. He induced her to deposit Rs 3.41 lakh through cheques and Rs 8,000 cash in his account on the pretext of marriage expenses.

“However,after taking the money he kept on delaying the date of marriage on one pretext of the other. The girl became suspicious and reported the matter to police following which he was arrested from Vasundara Enclave,” Chand said.

During interrogation,he claimed,Shankar told police that he did his MTech from Nanded University in Maharashtra and has worked with DELL and HP India in Bangalore as a computer engineer.

“He is already married. In 2009,his parents shifted from Bangalore to Delhi. He along with his family shifted to Delhi in April 2010. Since then he is without a job,” Chand said.

He told police that he wanted money to start his own business. He needed money and thought that the “impressive matrimonial advertisement” he saw in a newspaper could fetch him some money,the official said.

He contacted the girl and assured her that he would marry her.

“In order to convince her of his intention,he also impersonated as his father and after changing his voice discussed about the marriage,” Chand said adding Rs 3.49 lakh was recovered from him.

In the second incident,Sachdeva landed in police net after the girl found him suspicious after he demanded Rs 15,000 from her.

“In the first week of January,Sachdeva succeeded in obtaining Rs 5,000 from her for making payment of some dues.

When he again tried her to pay Rs 15,000 on the pretext of his mother’s treatment,she become suspicious and lodged a complaint,” Chand said.

The victim had claimed that she had come across Sachdeva’s profile in which he projected himself as a divorcee and living alone.

“Both came in contact and started meeting each other and both desired to get married to each other,” Chand said.

Sachdeva,who did his BSc from Delhi University and MCA from IGNOU,got married in 1998. He joined private sector as a computer teacher and he is still working there.

“To chat with girls,he created a profile in a matrimonial site in April 2008 and projected himself as a divorcee and living alone,which is contrary to the fact that he is married and living with his parents.

“Initially he used to chat with women. In December last year,he came in contact with the complainant and convinced her that he was willing to marry her. The investigation carried out at the matrimonial site revealed that he had contacted 14 users,” Chand said.

Further efforts are on to ascertain whether the duo had duped other women.

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