Ferozepur, May 30: A 30-year-old woman from Tarn Taran, who pretended to be an NRI looking for a handsome Punjabi groom, duped five men into marriage and stripped them of their money with the promise of making their Canada dreams come true. Emboldened by their silence, she continued her swindling ways and ended up making a neat sum of Rs 5 crore before her arrest here on Tuesday.
Rajwinder Kaur was arrested on the complaint of her last husband Kulwinder Singh of Kotwal village, who accused her of conning him and his relatives. Her brother Hardial Singh, a resident of Gaddiwind village in Tarn Taran district, and Jagsir Singh alias Satnam Singh of Ageti village in Patiala district, have also been nabbed.
According to Ferozepur range DIG Paramraj Umranangal, Rajwinder pretended to be a Canada-based NRI and had taken Rs 10 lakh from Kulwinder for helping him go abroad. After marrying him, she took around Rs 5 crore from his friends and other relatives, saying that she could help them get Canadian citizenship. However, she took them to Thailand and deserted them there.
Police recovered Rs 19.5 lakh in Indian currency, some foreign currency, gold jewellery, fake passports in different names, ATM cards and three mobile phones from Rajwinder's possession. Preliminary investigations revealed that her close relatives were instrumental in introducing her to Kulwinder.
Several cases have been reported against Rajwinder, including one at Hargobind police station under Batala for duping Rs 6 lakh in 2005; at Thana Ramdas for duping Rs 3.20 lakh in 2006; at police station Kotkapura in Faridkot district for duping 3.20 lakh in 2007; at Thana Gobindwal for duping Rs 5 lakh in 2008; Rs 12 lakh from Samana in 2009; at Thana Sadar in Kotkapura for duping in 2010; and at Thana Badnikalan under Moga for duping Rs 28 lakh in the year 2010.