State award-winning teacher, preacher held

P. Sudhakar

TIRUNELVELI: A special police team has arrested two persons including a State award- winning teacher and a preacher for cheating the public to the tune of several lakhs of rupees in the name of a South Africa-based Christian ministry.

M. Nagarajan alias Charles (47) of Panagudi and his associate R. Muthuraj (66) of Kovilammalpuram near Kalakkad, a retired State award-winning teacher, who projected themselves as the Tamil Nadu representatives of a Christian ministry, collected Rs. 100 as registration charge from widows, disabled, physically challenged, destitutes and senior citizens with the promise that the enrolled persons would be getting Rs. 350 a month from the ministry.

As they were collecting the ‘registration fee’ from the public in more than 180 villages, they could easily net several lakhs of rupees within the past 18 months.

Moreover, the duo also took Rs. 2.30 lakh each from seven persons including P. Rajamani (38) of Meenavankulam under Kalakkad police station limits as Nagarajan and Muthuraj allegedly promised them jobs in any government departments or schools. After they could not keep their word, Rajamani filed a complaint with the police, which led to the arrest of Nagarajan and Muthuraj.

The police, who seized fake rubber stamps and letterheads, have found that Muthuraj had issued fake certificates of various schools here to several students.

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