A 32-year-old ‘tantrik' has been arrested here for allegedly cheating a woman of her cash and jewellery, police said on Monday.

Sahab Alam was apprehended from Old Mustafabad recently following investigation into a complaint filed by a woman that she was cheated of Rs.37,000 and her jewellery, a senior police officer said.

The woman claimed that Alam duped her on the pretext of solving her personal problems. The woman had met him after watching a cable TV advertisement of Chand Bhai Shah claiming to solve problems. “He gained her confidence, took Rs.20,000 from her and asked her to come again after three days with jewellery. Then after doing some ‘puja' , put the jewellery into a small pot and again took Rs.17,000 from her. After the last ‘puja' yet again three days later she was sent back with a packet claiming to contain her jewellery and instructions to open it after his phone call. When she did not receive any call, she tried to contact him, but his phone was switched off. She opened the packet and found pebbles and some flowers in it,” the officer said.