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Woman befriends politician on social media, cheats him of Rs 9 lakh

A woman and her two male associates have been arrested for allegedly cheating a city-based JD(S) leader of Rs 9.7 lakh. On September 25, L Srinivas, a resident of Nagarabhavi, who claimed to be a JD(S) leader, filed a complaint with Jnanabharathi police, saying an unidentified woman had befriended him on Facebook and cheated him of the amount.

Acting swiftly, police arrested P Harini alias Swati alias Swati Gowda alias Khushi, 25, Ravi Pengappa, 40 and V Prakash, 39, all residents of Thigalarapalya on Andarahalli Main Road, northwest Bengaluru. Police

recovered Rs 4.5 lakh cash, an autorickshaw and a mobile phone from the trio.

According to police, Harini and Srinivas became friends on Facebook in August. “Her first message was when she wished me on Varamahalakshmi festival and we quickly became friends. She told me that she wanted to start a dance class with investment of up to Rs 2 crore. Some days later, Harini told me her father had arranged for Rs 2 crore for a building where she would start the class. The same day, she called me again, saying she was falling short of Rs 3 lakh and requested me to lend her the amount. Believing her, I handed over Rs 2.7 lakh in cash to a man sent by Harini near a bus stand on Bangalore

University campus. Some days later, Harini again demanded Rs 7 lakh from me and I handed over the amount to the same man at the same place. The same evening, her mobile phone was switched off and since then she has remained incommunicado,” Srinivas said in his complaint.

“While Harini is the prime accused, the other two men helped her in hatching the plan and collecting money from the politician,” police said.

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