Doctor promised “Aladdin lamp”, duped of Rs 31 lakhs by conmen

31st October 2020

31st October 2020

Two conmen have been arrested in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh for duping a doctor of ₹ 31 lakh by selling him the "Aladdin's lamp."

According to a folk tale from the middle east "Aladdin's lamp" was used to summon a genie who granted wishes when it was rubbed.

To convince the doctor, the accused managed to bring "genie" out of the lamp.

On October 25, Dr LA Khan had filed a complaint in the local police station and described in detail how Ikramuddin and Anees duped him.

In his complaint, Dr Khan said, "I started visiting their home to treat the supposed mother. The visits continued for over a month. Gradually they started telling me about a baba (godman) whom they claimed also visited their home. They started brainwashing me and asked me to meet this baba."

And as per the report, the doctor met that godman.

He added, "Eventually this group told me they would sell me a 'chirag (lamp)' for ₹ 1.5 crore but I could only offer a ₹ 31 lakh down payment. They told me this lamp would bring wealth, health and good fortune. They said this is 'Aladdin ka chirag' (Aladdin's lamp)."

"During one visit "Aladdin" actually made an appearance in front of me. I did not know who this person was at that time. I later realised (one of) the accused was dressing up as 'Aladdin'," said Dr Khan.

A senior Meerut police official, Amit Rai said, "We have found that the same men went to other homes in the city too and cheated many families in the name of 'tantra vidya'. We have found the involvement of three people so far. Two have been arrested. A woman is on the run."

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