NEW DELHI: Two males who allegedly duped a medical doctor into buying an “Aladdin’s lamp” for $93,000 — and even conjured up a phony genie — have been arrested in India, an official reported on Sunday.
Laeek Khan approached police in the northern condition of Uttar Pradesh soon after he realised the lamp did not have any magical powers, as described in the popular folk tale about Aladdin and his would like-granting genie that seems when it is rubbed.
“The cheats had struck a offer for significantly more but the health practitioner had compensated about seven million rupees ($93,000),” Amit Rai, a senior officer reported.
He explained the guys have been arrested on Thursday and had been remanded in custody forward of costs becoming submitted.
“The wife of a person of these males was also involved in the fraud. She is on the run,” Rai included.
In his criticism submitted past Sunday, Khan explained a person of the males pretended to be an occultist and built a “jinn” — a supernatural figure — appear from the lamp, nearby media noted.
But when Khan requested if he could touch the genie or take the lamp dwelling, they refused, declaring it could lead to him hurt, the criticism said.
Sooner or later they sold the lamp to him, promising it would carry health, prosperity and very good fortune.
Khan said that he later on realised the “genie” was really just just one of the adult men in disguise. The adult men have also cheated other households using the identical modus operandi.
“The full amount of money of funds associated operates into numerous million rupees,” Rai stated.
Printed in Dawn, November 2nd, 2020