Casting a spell with some cheap sleight-of-hand tricks, three eunuchs conned a Ghatkopar family and took off with cash and valuables. After failing the first time, the miscreants entered into the home claiming there were evil spirits around. The complainant, Kamlesh Dattani (25), is a resident of Mayureshwar Cooperative Housing Society in Ghatkopar.
The incident took place between 11.25 am and 12.20 pm on Tuesday. Speaking to MiD DAY Dattani said, “When the three unidentified eunuchs arrived the first time, I handed out Rs 5 and asked them to leave. They complied but returned again, and this time a relative, Radhika, went to answer the door. Seeing her they became more voluble and tried to convince her in Gujarati that an evil spirit was present in the house.”
The eunuchs entered and immediately started performing some rituals. “They asked us to get a glass of water in which they mixed some chilli powder. They then dipped a blank piece of paper into it and asked me to remove it.
When I did, we all saw a spooky doll drawn on it. This swayed Radhika even more,” Dattani said.
The eunuchs then asked the complainant to put all the jewellery she was wearing in a plastic bag and asked her to keep it near the door. “They then asked me to take a bath immediately. When I came back, Radhika said that they had fled with the bag containing the valuables,” she said.
Inspector Rajkumar Kothmire from Ghatkopar police station pointed out that a lot of erudite people too are getting conned like this these days. He added that the accused took 5 grams of gold and Rs 1,500 in cash.
The complainant has alleged that of the three, only one seemed like a eunuch, while the other two may have been impostors.
Ghatkopar police are looking for the three accused, who were seen in the CCTV footage of a camera installed in the vicinity, and they have been booked under sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of Indian Penal Code.