Youth befriended woman online to rob her a year later

Jan 14, 2013, 06:53 IST | Shiva Devnath

Haryana youth comes to stay with Kandivli woman after chatting with her online, steals jewellery worth Rs 2 lakh and flees; threatens to defame her for more money

A 25-year-old software engineer was on Saturday arrested for robbing a woman of jewellery worth Rs 2 lakh, after befriending her on a social networking site. The accused, Sukhdhir Singh (25) from Haryana, made friends with the victim a year ago. Over time, the two became close and he came to Mumbai to stay with her, said the victim, a resident of Thakur Village in Kandivli (E).

Sukhdhir Singh befriended the victim on a social networking site. Pic/Nayan Shahane

Three days later, he cleaned out her house of valuables and fled. Cops said they are investigating if the accused had used the same tactic to dupe other women. Singh had been chatting with the woman since January, 2012. On August 18, he told her he was going to come to Mumbai, and convinced her to allow him to stay with her in her house.

“He said he had some official work in Mumbai and didn’t have a place to stay. So I allowed him as a guest in my house. But after three days, on August 21, he vanished with all my jewellery. He then called me up and threatened that if I didn’t shell out another Rs 20,000, he would tarnish my image by telling everyone that I slept with him,” the victim told MiD DAY.

The woman filed a complaint at the Samta Nagar police station. She also approached a social worker, Mohan Krishnan, for help. Krishnan wrote to the Mumbai police commissioner who ordered the local cops to register an FIR.

Said Krishnan, “She approached me a few months ago. She was very scared. After I sent a letter to the commissioner, he ordered the Samta Nagar police to file an FIR and investigate the matter.” Singh was arrested in Haryana and brought to Mumbai yesterday. In his statement to the police, he said he worked as a software engineer in a leading company in Mumbai in 2011. 

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