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Self-proclaimed god-woman dupes Pune family of Rs 26 lakh

The complainant, identified as Samir Vilas Kamthe, a general store owner in Uday Colony in Manjri, claimed that a man who worked in the same firm as his father along with an unidentified god-woman have been deceiving his father for the past two years. The man, who was booked along with the 50-year-old ‘god-woman’, was identified as Sunil Ramsharan Saroj (38).

pune Updated: Feb 06, 2018 16:34 IST
Shalaka Shinde
Shalaka Shinde
Hindustan Times, Pune
Pune family,god-woman,Rs 26 lakh
A case under Section 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) and 405 (punishment for criminal breach of trust) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 2(1)(c), 3 of Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and other Inhuman, Evil and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Act, 2013 was filed at Hadapsar police station.(HT REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)

The Hadapsar police on Sunday booked two persons, including a self-proclaimed god-woman, for duping a family of Rs 26 lakh.

The police action came after a 33-year-old man from Mhadevnagar in Manjri area of Pune filed a case against the two persons for duping his father into giving away the huge amount of money.

The complainant, identified as Samir Vilas Kamthe, a general store owner in Uday Colony in Manjri, claimed that a man who worked in the same firm as his father along with an unidentified god-woman have been deceiving his father for the past two years. The man, who was booked along with the 50-year-old ‘god-woman’, was identified as Sunil Ramsharan Saroj (38).

A case under Section 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) and 405 (punishment for criminal breach of trust) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 2(1)(c), 3 of Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and other Inhuman, Evil and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Act, 2013 was filed at Hadapsar police station. The case is investigated by inspector (crime) Vishwajeet Khule of Hadapsar police station.

Saroj was arrested by the police on Monday morning and remanded in police custody till February 9, Khule said, adding that probe is on to find the identity of the god-woman.

Samir lives with his wife, two daughters, two-month-old son and his parents, Vilas Kamthe, 60, and Alka Kamthe, 55, in Manjri. The complainant’s father works in Bharat Forge, Mundhwa. Saroj got acquainted with the complainant’s father as they worked in the same company.

In 2016, the complainant first met Saroj as he was visiting the Kamthe household for Diwali. Saroj learned from Kamte’s father that his business was not running well and recommended the services of a god-woman who lived in Kharadi. Against the family’s wishes, Vilas approached the god-woman. Eventually, Vilas and Alka visited the god-woman and also asked her to do rituals that will give them a grandson as they had two granddaughters, according to the complaint. The baby boy was born to the Kamthe family during this period.

“The god-woman scared my parents saying if she failed to do certain things, someone in the family will die. My parents, out of fear, agreed to do ‘karni and badha’ rituals and gave us water, incense sticks and bracelets (given by the god-woman) in order to beget a grandson. My father was then asked to hammer nails in the four corners of the house as well as my shop. Then she demanded money in the name of various other rituals and my father kept giving her the money out of fear,” Kamte said in his complaint. However, the family claims to be unaware of the payments made to the god-woman.

The ordeal affected the 60-year-old man’s mind and he was taken to Jagruti Hospital in Manjri for treatment. When the family went through his bank statements, they realised that he had given Rs 17,20,000 to Saroj through cheque and around Rs 9,00,000 in cash on various occasions over the past two years.

“In order to have my wife conceive a boy child, my father suggested that we take her to the god-woman. When we refused, he verbally abused us,” Samir said in his statement. “When we asked our father about the transaction (of Rs 17,20,000), he kept saying that had he not given it, 4-5 people in our family would have died,” he said.

First Published: Feb 06, 2018 16:33 IST