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Self-styled godman held in Adilabad, Rs 11.7 lakh seized

Published: 19th Oct 2021 7:48 pm

Adilabad: A self-styled godman and his accomplice were arrested on Tuesday for allegedly cheating the public by promising double returns on their investments in short time. Police recovered Rs 11.70 lakh in cash, two mobile phones, two golden bangles from the duo.

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Briefing the pressmen about the modus operandi of the two, In-charge Superintendent of Police M Rajesh Chandra said the accused, identified as Gote Mukle Sugreev, a resident of Shyampur village in Utnoor mandal, along with his accomplice Bal Shankar Sangeetha, a vegetable vendor from Gandhinagar in Adilabad town, used to cheat the public to make a quick buck by promising double returns on their investments in a short period by performing special ‘homam’.

Police said the self-proclaimed godman won the trust of his victims by showing how he doubles the amount taken from the victims in some instances with the help of his woman accomplice. In the process, Sugreev took away Rs 29 lakh from Mohammad Faruq, a resident of Mavala mandal headquarters recently, after promising the latter that he would double the amount. After being realised that he was cheated, Faruq lodged a complaint with the police.

Police said the fake godman used to operate from rented a room at Gandhinagar in the district headquarters with the help of Sangeetha, a vegetable vendor. The two were arrested by the sleuths of Task Force.

The IPS officer urged the citizens to be cautious of the criminals who cheat the public in the garb of godmen. He commended Adilabad DSP Venkateshwar Rao, Task Force Inspector E Chandramouli, Mavala Sub-Inspector A Haribabu, Task Force ASI Syed Tajuddin for arresting the self-proclaimed godman and his aide.

In-charge Superintendent of Police Rajesh Chandra briefs details of the arrests to pressmen in Adilabad on Tuesday.

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