Bengaluru: Woman told she’s vulnerable to witchcraft loses Rs 4.4 crore | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: A 50-year-old woman has alleged that miscreants have siphoned off over Rs 4.4 crore from her by installing fear in her saying she was vulnerable to witchcraft and, hence, faced difficulties in life.
Basavanagudi women police have arrested two persons, including a woman, and have recovered around Rs10 lakh in cash, 1kg gold jewellery and 12kg silver articles from them. The accused are Jayashri, 48, a resident of Tyagarajanagar, and Rakesh KV, 37, a resident of Banashankari 3rd Stage.
Shantha (name changed), a resident of Koramangala, told police that she knew Jayashri for more than two years and used to share everything with her about her personal life, including some legal issues. Jayashri told Shantha that she has good knowledge about witchcraft, saying her relatives had practised it on her.
Jayashri advised black magic to rid Shantha of her problems, saying otherwise she and her family would bleed to death. Scared, Shantha discussed this with her husband Gurudev and asked Jayashri to perform black magic to save her family. A person identified as Bushan and Jayashri claimed to have performed black magic in her house in July last year. From then till March this year, the gang collected over Rs 4.4 crore from Shantha and her husband. The couple borrowed money from friends and pledged their gold jewellery.
The couple suspected something fishy as their problems didn’t go away. On July 18, the couple visited Jayashri’s residence and asked her to return their money. But Jayashri and a group of men allegedly assaulted the couple and threatened to kill them.
According to sources, Jayashri is a self-proclaimed astrologer, who used to tell people that they must perform special pujas to get out of problems and would extort money from them.

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