The police on Monday arrested a man on the charge of duping women after promising to marry them.

The accused has been identified as D.M. Ramakrishna (45), a resident of Doddamulgodu village in T. Narsipur taluk of Mysore district. The police have recovered Rs. 71, 392 in cash and valuables worth around Rs. 12,500.

Hubli-Dharwad Police Commissioner K. Ramachandra Rao told presspersons here on Monday that the accused had been placing matrimonial advertisements in newspapers, seeking to marry widowed or divorced women.

Some contacted him on the telephone number given in the advertisement. The accused allegedly duped those who approached him by gaining their trust and making off with their valuables and cash. He also changed his cellphone number constantly to avoid being contacted.

Ramakrishna cheated around 10 women in Mangalore, Shimoga, Mysore, Hubli and other places. Most of them did not approach the police, fearing humiliation. When a woman who was allegedly deceived by the accused approached a paper to get more details about him, the police were alerted. They tracked the phone numbers given in the advertisements and nabbed him.