It was an ordinary trip back home from his dance class for 14-year-old Ritesh (name changed) before an oracle, promising him a look into his future, appeared only to con him into doing away with all of his mother's jewellery.
A resident of east Delhi's Vishwas Nagar, Ritesh was waylaid in Vivek Vihar by 'a godman from Haridwar' on the evening of January 14.
"Initially, he asked me the address to a particular area. When I told him that I didn't know, he touched my head and produced a chit somewhere from my hair. He then grabbed my hand and there was another paper chit in his hand," Ritesh said.
Both the slips, which Ritesh was made to read, pronounced the 'death of near or dear one'. The teenager was finally hooked and the godman knew what to do next.
"He told me that there was some impending danger that would befall my family. I kept begging him to tell me how I could stop it from happening, whether there was any solution," the student of class nine recalled.
The solution, claimed the godman, was a special prayer for which Ritesh would need to bring all the golden ornaments belonging to his family to the him the next day at the same time and the same place.
So, the first thing that a shaken Ritesh did after he got home was bundle-up all the jewels that his family owned.
"I met him and one more man at the same place at 11:30 am on the next day and handed over the bundle. I was told to look the other side and invoke any God 101 times. It felt like I was in a trance, I did exactly what I was told," he said.
That's when some muffled laughter, emanating from somewhere behind him, got Ritesh a little curious and made him turn back only to see the godman and his assistant running away.
"They didn't even leave my cycle," Ritesh exclaimed. A case has been registered and the police claim investigations are underway.