A gang of cheats that duped people in the name of increasing their money three-fold through divine intervention has been taken into custody by the Economic Offence Wing of Delhi Police. The gang which was arrested by the Ahmedabad police was on Monday handed over to the Delhi police as they are wanted in a number of cases in the Capital as well.

According to the police, the group cheated over two lakh people across Indian of Rs. 562 crore on the pretext of giving triple the amount within three days with the help of divine intervention. In Delhi, they cheated people of Rs. 25 crore.

“The main accused has been identified as Ashok Jadeja. He used to claim that he possesses divine powers. The other members of the accused gang are identified as Ashok Jain (38), Parveen Popat (35), Khimji Bhai Jedeja (58), Kesha Ram (59),” said Joint CP, EOW, Praveer Ranjan.

Jadeja constituted a body of agents who collected the amount from the targets all over the country ‘purportedly for improving status in society’, added Mr. Ranjan.

He told people of one particular community that he is blessed with spiritual /divine power of Sikodar Mata deity (revered by the community) which conferred on him the capacity to triple the money in no time, said a senior police officer.

Jadeja and his associates initially told his targets that their money will increase three-fold in three days but subsequently they increased the period from 25 to 30 days, added he.

Over 95 cases have been registered all over the country. In Delhi itself, more than 2,800 complaints have been received by the EOW from victims residing in the Capital.

One person identified as Basant Lal, has been arrested from Delhi in connection with the case. Efforts are on to nab the other culprits in the Capital and in other States, said Mr. Ranjan.

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