A 42-year-old man was arrested by the Chennai police for allegedly kidnapping a woman and hiding her in Tiruppur. Further investigations revealed that the man had cheated at least six women by posing as a policeman and marrying them.
According to reports, Rajesh Prithvi had been running a telemarketing firm on Nelson Manickam Road in Chennai since 2017 and had employed around 20 women. He had reportedly pursued women by showing pictures of him in a police uniform and telling them stories about how he had killed two dreaded criminals in encounters and had given up his job after that.
On June 30, parents of an 18-year-old woman filed a complaint with the Egmore police, stating that their daughter, who was employed at Rajesh’s telemarketing firm, was missing. Upon investigating, the police found that Rajesh had kidnapped her. They traced her to Nochipalayam in Tiruppur and rescued her on September 9. She told the police that Rajesh had married her. A few days after she was rescued, Rajesh turned up at her house and created problems, demanding that she live with him. Following this, the police arrested him.
Upon questioning Rajesh, it came to light that he used his telemarketing firm as a front to employ women and sexually harass them. He had allegedly sexually harassed six women employees and married them. He had also sexually abused women from a housekeeping consultancy company, who were doing housekeeping jobs in his firm.
Rajesh had also swindled money to the tune of Rs 30 lakh from various people, promising a seat in medical colleges and allegedly used that money on the women. The man reportedly has been in custody earlier but had escaped from Coimbatore Railway station. He had been at large since until he was caught recently.
Although his official name is Dinesh, he had been using different names all these years and also had fake identity cards made in the name of Rajesh Prithvi. The police arrested him and even recovered a sub-inspector's uniform, fake identity cards, a pair of handcuffs, PAN and Aadhaar cards.