Is Sapna Sahu, who is being referred to as “Lady Don” as dangerous and as evil as she is being made out to be in a section of the media? If senior police officials are to be believed, she is she not a “don” but just a fraud.
“She is not a ‘don’ as being portrayed by vernacular media,” said a senior police official, who did not wish to be named.
“The vernacular media has been exaggerating things to make them sensational and spicy. She is just a fraud working with some other conmen,” said the official.
“The right word to describe Sahu is ‘lady trickster’.”
Sahu, a resident of Chhattisgarh, surrendered before the Indore police on May 16 and police took her on remand. She was booked under sections of Indian Penal Code for forgery and abduction.
Sahu’s lavish lifestyle has drawn attention. She owns a SUV, loves pistols and wants to earn money and came in contact with some conmen from Chhattisgarh and Indore. She also made a fake identity card of a labour officer and used it when she travelled in her SUV to avoid paying toll tax.
The “cat and mouse game” between the Indore police and Sahu started on March 14, when a person called police and said that one Srinivaas Rao, a resident of Chhattisgarh and an official with the National Informatics Centre, has been abducted by some unidentified people at a resort under the Aerodrome police station.
Police rushed to the spot and found Rao. On the complaint of Rao, who had been beaten up by his captors, police registered a case against Sahu, and four of her accomplices – Narendra Yadav, Manoj Dabi, Yuvraj Raghuvanshi and Rupesh Sahu.
When police investigated the matter, they found that Srinivas himself came to Indore in order to settle a dispute of money between him and Sahu.
“Srinivaas suggested Sahu to set up an NGO and he will provide government funds…,” said a police official investigating the case.
“Srinivaas misled her and never provided any funds…,” said the official.
The official further said that Sahu asked Srinivaas to reimburse the money she spent to set up the NGO funds but Srinivaas refused.
“She called Srinivaas to a resort in Indore that she rented and was planning to run with the seed money she was expecting from him.
“When Srinivaas and Sahu along with a few others were discussing about money, Yuvraaj lost his temper and started beating up Srinivaas….They tied up Sirnivaas and then fled from the spot,” said the official.
Sahu sent a CD and wrote a letter that she did not abduct Srinivaas and that she was innocent.
But Srinivaas, said that he was abducted from Chhastisgarh by Sahu and two of her accomplices and they also forcefully withdrew Rs 60,000 from his bank account. Sahu demanded Rs 2 lakh that she spent in order to get funds.
March 14: Srinivas Rao, an official of NIC and a resident of Kondagaon in Chhattisgarh files a case against Sapna Sahu
March 15: A private guard of Sapna Sahu arrested by the police but Sahu manages to escape
May 16: Sahu surrenders before the court
May 17: The SUV is seized
May 21: Narendra and Manoj, two other accused arrested
May 22: Police recover a pistol of Sahu