Two teenaged ‘godmen’, who walked away with the 5 sovereigns of gold belonging to a housewife in Old Perungalathur after posing like godmen.
The bundle containing gold was supposed to be kept in the pooja room for a day to get the full impact.
Chennai: Two teenaged ‘godmen’, who walked away with the 5 sovereigns of gold belonging to a housewife in Old Perungalathur after posing like godmen & conducting a pooja to ward off evil forces in the house, were caught in the same neighbourhood when they tried the same trick on the another woman.
Selvakumar & Ramesh, both 19, are from Vellore and they had conducted the pooja in the house of the Sivanesan — Kaleeswari couple on Tuesday morning.
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They had asked woman to keep her ornaments together & tie them in a handkerchief. Kaleeswari kept the gold in the handkerchief given by the boys and was tied it herself.
The bundle containing the gold was supposed to be kept in the pooja room for a day to get the full impact. The ‘godmen’ later asked the Sivanesan & Kaleeswari to bring pure water to create the ‘theertham’. As soon as she fetched the water, the two sprinkled it in every corner of the house & left the place after charging `200 for the pooja.
Kaleeswari became suspicious after the dup had left as she noticed there was a change in knot she had made in the handkerchief. She then opened the knots of the handkerchief & found her ornaments missing. She immediately has alerted her neighbours. Local residents to tracked the two who were trying to repeat their contact at a home just two streets away.
The two were caught, thrashed and was handed over to Peerkankaranai police station. The ‘godmen’ had changed the handkerchief when the couple went to fetch water & placed another in its place with knots in the same places, the police disclosed.
“We are questioning them to verify their background & also trying to find out if they had committed same the kind of offence anywhere else,” the police said.