Two fake holy men nabbed in Karnataka
Bangalore; Two fake holy men were arrested here Monday for robbing devotees of their valuables.
The city’s deputy commissioner of (west) Kishore Chandra told reporters that the father-son duo, Maniknath (55) and Ramu (30) from Nanded in , were taken into custody from the city suburbs on a tip-off by one of their victims who was relieved of his and a wrist watch last week.
"The saffron-clad accused had adopted a method of robbing people, especially innocent devotees of Shirdi Sai Baba. Their modus operandi was to accost the victims in isolated places by posing as godmen from Shiridi.
"With a big of Sai Baba and other paraphernalia on a push-cart, they would entice the faithfuls to seek blessings of the Shirdi saint. On the pretext of applying sacred ash on the devotees’ forehead, the duo would throw some powder laced with chemicals on their face and render them unconscious.
"After taking away their belongings, both would vanish from the spot," Chandra said.