The Amboli police have arrested a 41-year-old engineer who claimed to be a Non Resident Indian (NRI) and have allegedly duped a dubbing artist to the tune of Rs. 2 lakhs on the pretext of marrying her. During the investigation police learnt that the suspect has duped several women using same modus operandi and two more victims have already approached police.
According to the police, the suspect, Ramchandran Ravichandran Pillai, lives in Navi Mumbai and runs a consultancy firm. He is a native of Chennai and is an engineering graduate. The victim, who lives in Andheri (west), works in film industry as a dubbing artist.
She alleged in her complaint that Pillai approached her through a matrimonial website around a year ago and after that they met on several occasion in Andheri (west). Pillai came twice or thrice once a week in Andheri and they met in Infinity and then took her on dinner in several hotels.
Around six months ago Pillai proposed her for marriage and said that his grandmother is not well so he is going to his native place.
“Pillai then called her from his native place and said that his grandmother is serious and she has to undergo an operation so he required money. He asked victim to deposit Rs2 lakhs in his account and after returning to Mumbai he will return her money soon” said police inspector, Vivek Shinde of the Amboli police station.
“After two weeks Pillai started avoiding her phone calls and also stopped meeting after returning to Mumbai. The victim then suspected some foul play and asked him that she needs some money” said Shende.
“Pillai then disconnected the call and also stopped picking up her phone after that. The victim then went to meet him at his residence in Vashi but he refused to meet her and also told that he cannot marry with her” added Shende.
“Victim then approached to Amboli station and lodged complaint against him. Two victims, one from Vile Parle and another from Airoli area have also approached us. We are conducting inquiry and arrested Pillai on charge of cheating and he was produced in the court and remanded police custody till December 28” said another officer.