ERODE: Erode Town Police have arrested a 35-year-old man on charges of conning people.

According to the police, D. Senthil Kumar, son of Duraisamy of Aval Poondurai, won peoples confidence saying that he was an astrologer and that he could help them get over evil influence.

Trusting his words, Ranganathan, a resident of Majid Veeti, Erode, paid him Rs. 1,000 a month ago to perform special rituals to ward of evil influences on his family.

After taking the money, Senthil Kumar did not turn up for a long time, which made Mr. Ranganathan suspicious. His search for the former also proved futile.

On Wednesday, however, Mr. Ranganathan spotted Senthil Kumar near his residence and alerted neighbours, who then handed him over to the police.

A case has been registered in this connection, the police said and added that Senthil Kumar had duped many residents of the area.