Tantrik arrested for raping seven, a Bangladeshi national

After his arrest, police discovered Rs 87,30,000 in cash, and gold and diamond jewellery worth Rs 13,70,000 in his Kalyan flat.

Last Updated: Dec 12, 2010, 16:46 PM IST

Mumbai: A self-proclaimed tantrik, arrested
for raping six teenagers and their domestic help here, is a
Bangladeshi national who had stayed in different parts of the
country using fake documents, police said Sunday.

On November 28, Mehdi Kasim Shaikh (46) was arrested for
allegedly raping six cousins for over two years, after he had
convinced their mothers - three siblings - that he could
prevent any possible complications during the girls` future
pregnancy and childbirth, police said. Their domestic servant
was also sexually assaulted by him.

Since his arrest, he was in police custody till today.

The `black magician` was today produced before a local court
which remanded him in judicial custody for 15 days, police
said.

"We informed the court that Mehdi is from Dhaka in
Bangladesh. He came here with his parents when he was seven
years old. Since then, Shaikhs had stayed in different parts
of the country. The accused prepared illegal documents to
represent self as an Indian," Khanderoa Patil, senior
inspector at J J Marg police station said.

The accused has been now charged with relevant sections
of the The Foreigners Act for staying in the country
illegally, Patil said.

Shaikh had allegedly fleeced the victims` family of over
Rs one crore over a period of time and stashed it in a flat he
had rented in Kalyan in Thane district, police said.

After his arrest, police discovered Rs 87,30,000 in cash,
and gold and diamond jewellery worth Rs 13,70,000 in his
Kalyan flat.

PTI