A man who allegedly conned widows and devdasis, with the promise of getting them help from the government, was arrested on Monday.
The accused, Ajay Sen, 24, a resident of Malwani, Malad (West) was arrested from his house on charges of cheating. He has been remanded in police custody. The police said Sen has cheated over 15 women so far.
The police said Sen approached the women pretending to be an activist of a non-government organisation (NGO) from Chembur that helps widows and devdasis. He told them that the government had a separate fund for people like them and that he would help them claim the money. Sen also issued fake identity cards to the victims — for which he charged them anywhere between Rs 2,000-Rs 5,000 — and assured them that they would soon receive the money.
“When many months passed and the victims did not receive the promised money, they approached the NGO to enquire about the developments. It is only then that the women realised that they had been duped. With the help of the NGO the matter was reported to us,” said a police officer from Malwani police station, who did not wish to be named, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
Acting on the complaint the police set a trap for Sen and arrested him.