Malad resident held for cheating several women; Palghar police say he has dozens of cases, including one for rape, against him.

The Palghar Police have arrested a 28-year-old man, who would allegedly target women on matrimonial sites and demand money on one pretext or another to fund his air travels, stay in costly hotels, love for high-end gadgets and a lavish lifestyle. Of the dozens of women allegedly duped by him, one lost Rs 14.14 lakh, according to the police.

Deepak Suvarna, a resident of Malad, would lure his victims by pretending to fall in love with them and then promising to marry them. After extracting money from the women, he would lose contact with them.

Suvarna and his close friend and alleged accomplice Chaitra Karkera were nabbed by the Manikpur police from Delhi after his latest victim approached theh cops about one-anda-half month ago. The woman, a resident of Manikpur in Vasai, told the police that she had to sell her jewellery to give to the conman, who extracted Rs 14.14 lakh from her. He had befriended the woman after meeting her on a matrimonial website, and was in touch with her for the past few months, said the police. Both of them belong to the Tulu community.

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After gaining her confidence, Suvarna asked her to loan him Rs two lakh. He told her that he had a lot of money, but his bank account had been frozen for non-payment of taxes and that his chartered accountant had disappeared after committing a forgery. He did not stop there, and continued to take money from her.

After realising that she had been duped, the woman filed a complaint with the Manikpur police station.

Damodar Bandekar, senior inspector of Manikpur police station, formed a team led by PSI Pramod Dorkar and traced Suvarna to Delhi.

After taking money from her, Suvarna travelled to Goa, Kerala, Ooty and Kullu-Manali.

A police officer said that Suvarna would celebrate his birthday at different locations. He had recently celebrated his birthday with Karkera at a five-star hotel in Visakhapatnam, the officer said.

More than a dozen cases of cheating women have been registered against him in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane and Palghar. There is also a case of rape registered against him in Juhu police station.

According to the police, Suvarna is school dropout, but since he had gone to a convent school, he is fluent in English and would use the skill to target the women on matrimonial sites. The accused would mainly look for Tulu women and introduce himself as a rich businessman. He would tell them that he owns hotels in Kerala, Goa and Mumbai.

“To gain the victim’s confidence, Suvarna would ask Kerkera to call the victim posing as his sister and convince her of his credentials. In the case of Manikpur victim, she did not suspect anything amiss until he got out of touch,” said a police officer.

After taking money from his victims, Survana would disappear and travel with his friend to another place and look for a fresh target, said the police.



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