They targeted gullible women with a promise of marriage and matrimonial advertisements became a tool to execute their sinister plans.
But their free run ended on Friday when the Crime Branch arrested a jobless computer engineer and a computer teacher on charges of cheating women who were looking for prospective grooms.
The police have arrested Ashish Shankar (31), an MTech from Nanded University, and Nitin Sachdeva (36) in separate cases. Shankar, who had worked in MNCs such as DELL and HP India, wanted money to start his own venture and had managed to fool a woman into giving him R3.49 lakh before finally getting arrested. He was arrested after the woman lodged a police complaint.
"She had given an advertisement in a newspaper. Shankar contacted her and, after several meetings, promised to marry her. But after taking the money from her, he kept on delaying the date,” said Ashok Chand, DCP (crime).
The police said Shankar is already married and was just fooling the complainant.
In the second incident, Sachdeva landed in police net after the woman he had promised to marry lodged a police complaint.
In the first week of January, Sachdeva had allegedly taken R5,000 from her for paying some dues. "When he again tried to get her to pay R15,000 on the pretext of his mother's treatment, she become suspicious and lodged a complaint," the DCP added. Sachdeva is a science graduate from Delhi University and had done MCA from IGNOU.
"He created a profile on a matrimonial site in April 2008. In December last year, he came in contact with the complainant and convinced her that he was willing to marry her. The investigation revealed that he had contacted 14 women users," Chand said.