Two `prospective grooms` held for cheating girls

Last Updated: Friday, January 28, 2011 - 20:52

New Delhi: A jobless computer engineer and
a computer teacher were arrested here for allegedly cheating
girls, who were looking for prospective grooms, and defrauding
them in separate cases, police said on Friday.

The engineer, an MTech, wanted money for starting a new
venture while the computer teacher, an MCA, did it for fun and
some extra money, a senior police official said. They used a
matrimonial site to get in touch with the victims.
The engineer, who had worked in MNCs like DELL and HP
India, allegedly managed to take Rs 3.49 lakh from the girl
before he was arrested, while the science graduate landed in
police net after taking Rs 5,000 from a victim.

The arrested have been identified as Ashish Shankar (31)
and Nitin Sachdeva (36), Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime)
Ashok Chand said.

Shankar was arrested following a complaint filed by the
girl residing in east Delhi`s Pandav Nagar claiming that she
was duped of Rs 3.49 lakh by him.

"She had given an advertisement in a newspaper in
connection with her marriage. Shankar contacted her and after
several meetings, he promised to marry her. He induced her to
deposit Rs 3.41 lakh through cheques and Rs 8,000 cash in his
account on the pretext of marriage expenses.

"However, after taking the money he kept on delaying the
date of marriage on one pretext of the other. The girl became
suspicious and reported the matter to police following which
he was arrested from Vasundara Enclave," Chand said.
During interrogation, he claimed, Shankar told police
that he did his MTech from Nanded University in Maharashtra
and has worked with DELL and HP India in Bangalore as a
computer engineer.

"He is already married. In 2009, his parents shifted
from Bangalore to Delhi. He along with his family shifted to
Delhi in April 2010. Since then he is without a job," Chand

He told police that he wanted money to start his own
business. He needed money and thought that the "impressive
matrimonial advertisement" he saw in a newspaper could fetch
him some money, the official said.

He contacted the girl and assured her that he would
marry her.

"In order to convince her of his intention, he also
impersonated as his father and after changing his voice
discussed about the marriage," Chand said adding Rs 3.49 lakh
was recovered from him.

In the second incident, Sachdeva landed in police net
after the girl found him suspicious after he demanded Rs
15,000 from her.

"In the first week of January, Sachdeva succeeded in
obtaining Rs 5,000 from her for making payment of some dues.
When he again tried her to pay Rs 15,000 on the pretext of his
mother`s treatment, she become suspicious and lodged a
complaint," Chand said.
The victim had claimed that she had come across
Sachdeva`s profile in which he projected himself as a divorcee
and living alone.

"Both came in contact and started meeting each other and
both desired to get married to each other," Chand said.

Sachdeva, who did his BSc from Delhi University and MCA
from IGNOU, got married in 1998. He joined private sector as a
computer teacher and he is still working there.

"To chat with girls, he created a profile in a
matrimonial site in April 2008 and projected himself as a
divorcee and living alone, which is contrary to the fact that
he is married and living with his parents.

"Initially he used to chat with women. In December last
year, he came in contact with the complainant and convinced
her that he was willing to marry her. The investigation
carried out at the matrimonial site revealed that he had
contacted 14 users," Chand said.

Further efforts are on to ascertain whether the duo had
duped other women.


First Published: Friday, January 28, 2011 - 20:52
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