New Delhi: A 21-year-old self-styled
fortune-teller, who built up a criminal gang using his
"powers" to predict future, was arrested along with his
associate in west Delhi for his alleged involvement in at
least 30 snatching cases, police said on Thursday.
Om Prakash, whose followers called him `Guruji`, and
his associate Arjun (21) were apprehended from Bali Nagar area
in Moti Nagar yesterday on a tip off, V Renganathan, Deputy
Commissioner of Police (West), said.
The duo were involved in at least 30 snatching cases
which were to be solved.
"Prakash fell in bad company as he did not get proper
attention from his parents who were trying to meet the needs
of his family. He started pretending himself as a fortune
"He became known in his area. His life took a turn
when criminals of the area came in his contact. The criminals
used to ask him about success in their misdeeds. Some of his
so-called predictions came the right way. He was known as
Guruji among criminals," Renganathan said.
Prakash started earning good amount as the criminals
used to donate a handsome share to their `Guruji`, he said
adding he started dreaming to be rich in a very short time.
He coordinated amongst criminals and organised a new
gang of his own. The gang members were his true followers and
were much confident.
"On the prediction of Guruji, they started committing
snatchings. With the earnings of this, they purchased country
made pistol and button activated knife and used to spend the
money for wine and women," Renganathan said.