Mumbai: 'Hypnotiser' conman still at it, police clueless

Investigations into the conman who cheated bank officials after hypnotising them has revealed that the unidentified accused has been active in the past two months and has targeted several other bank managers under various pretexts.

On October 31, mid-day had reported on the conman’s modus operandi. Cops are still clueless regarding the whereabouts of the accused as they are still looking for leads in the case.

Read Story: Bank manager allegedly 'hypnotised' into parting with Rs 93,000

During the course of investigations, the cops learnt that a manager affiliated with Indian Bank was cheated of Rs 50,000. The accused had also tried to dupe a manager of a bank based in Mulund, say the cops, without willing to divulge any more details.


A sketch of the accused released by the police

Speaking to mid-day, police sub-inspector Yashwantrao Shinde from Dadar police station said, “We have learnt that the accused has been very active in the last two months and has targeted several bank managers. In a few cases he has been successful in duping the manager as in Indian Bank, where a case has been registered with the Shivaji Park police station. The bank managers who escaped his con act haven’t registered any complaint.”

Bhupendra Kumar Maniram (52) the manager of the State Bank of Patiala who had been conned, had alleged in his complaint that the accused had hypnotised him and smooth-talked him into handing over Rs 93,000.

“In every bank, the unidentified accused had approached the bank managers on the pretext of opening an account for his disabled brother. Later, the accused would smooth-talk them into becoming his friend. He would then claim that he was a MHADA official and ask them to pay an initial registration fee,” added Shinde.

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