A group of women protested before Chinna Chowk police station on Wednesday accusing the police of shielding an employee in APSRTC workshop, Ravindra Reddy and his wife Bharati, who allegedly duped people of nearly Rs. 2 crore.

Ravindra Reddy allegedly ran a chit fund unauthorisedly and also took deposits offering high rate of interest and absconded overnight along with his wife. Several women, who deposited money with the couple , filed a complaint in Chinna Chowk police station a month ago. They accused the police of failing to initiate action against the couple. However, Chinna Chowk police said they registered a complaint and would deal with Ravindra Reddy as per law.