Uttar Pradesh police will seek custody of inter-state conman Ashok Jadeja in connection with an FIR lodged against him for duping tribals by posing as a godman in Mathura district, senior officials said on Sunday.
A case was lodged against Jadeja and nine others, including his wife Neetu, yesterday for duping 22 members of Bhaatu and Sansi tribes in Mathura district.
A warrant is being issued and will be served on Jadeja, who is currently lodged in Ahemdabad jail, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Brij Lal said.
Jadeja, who had duped many people by posing as a godman, was arrested by Ahemdabad police on June 3.
The officials said that following Jadeja's arrest a circular was issued by the ADG directing the district level officers to register a case against the conman and investigate cases of fraud by him.
After the circular was issued, some people contacted Senior Superintendent of Police Mathura Satish Ganesh and lodged a complaint that they were duped by Jadeja and his associates.
The complainants alleged that on March 14 Jadeja visited tribal dominated localities and claimed that he had blessings of the goddess, police said adding that he and his associates collected around 40-50 lakh from 22 tribals and assured them that they would prosper. More
On the directives of the SSP, a case was lodged against Jadeja, his wife Neetu, Khemji, Basant, Keshav Lal Jadeja, Bane Singh, Kanti Lal, Munna Lal, Amra alias Umar and Hakim Singh, police said.
"While Jadeja and his wife had already been arrested by Ahemdabad police, efforts are being made to arrest other persons named in the FIR, they said.