Bangalore based man has been arrested by Pune city police for allegedly cheating and duping divorcee women under the false pretext of marriage and abstracting money from them to kick start business.

The man identified Vinaykumar P Rao Mane (32), is a resident of Bangalore. During investigation it has been revealed that in similar modus he has duped around five women, two from Mumbai and Pune.

A case of cheating and fraud has been filed with Chathurshringi police station by one of the woman aged 30, a resident of Aundh. The woman in question is a divorcee working in Pune based Multinational company.

Inspector Arun Sawant in-charge of Chaturshringi police station said, “Vinaykumar hails from Bangalore, is divorcee and holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree. A year back, he had enrolled his name on Bharat Matrimony website and he used to target divorcee, highly educated women earning good salary and living alone. He met the complainant and started staying with her in Pune at her residence. In order to gain her confidence he had also visited her village to gain her parent's confidence. After some time, he demanded Rs six lakh from her to start a business and also demanded car. After few days, the complainant observed that Vinaykumar used to lure other women too. She, then approached her friend Manisha Dharne and they started keeping an eye on his movement.”

He added, “Despite victim was in a relationship, with him he was trying to be friendly with another woman from Yerawada area in Pune. He had demanded Rs 20 lakh from her to start business. Manisha Dharne contacted another lady from Yerawada and accordingly on Monday afternoon Dharne along with us laid a trap at Swargate based Natraj hotel and caught Vijaykumar red handed while accepting money from another lady from Yerawada. We brought Vijaykumar to our police station and from his call records, bank details and from the same site we noticed that he had a similar modus and had also duped five women including the current complainant. Two women are from Mumbai and Pune and one from Nagpur.”

On Tuesday, Vinaykumar was produced before the court of judicial magistrate (First Class) and has been remanded to police custody for a week. Police suspect that he might have duped many others too with reference to his bank account details. Once his bank account was credited, he used to fight with the women and leave them without returning the money.