A radio jockey was robbed of his gold rings by two conmen posing as face readers on Park Street on Tuesday.
The victim, whose office is on Park Street, had stepped out for a bite around 2.30pm when the duo approached him. “They first asked the RJ for the address of a medical store. When he said he didn’t know, one of them told him that he looked very depressed and predicted that he had had met with a tragedy recently,” said a police officer.
The victim, in his mid-30s, told the duo that he had indeed lost his wife last year. “The moment the victim shared the story of his personal loss, one of the men claimed he could read faces and that he had known instantly that he was in pain. The man won the victim’s trust by predicting that he had a Rs 100 note in his pocket, which turned out to be true,” the officer said.
The man then allegedly took out a coin and performed a trick to extract water, which he sprinkled on the victim’s head claiming it was Gangajal.
Having won over the RJ’s trust, the duo offered to relieve him of his pain. They allegedly asked him to remove all metallic objects from his hands.
“The RJ took off his gold rings and put them in a piece of cloth that the conmen held up. Then, as instructed, he took 30 steps away from the duo. When he turned back, they were gone,” the officer. Realising that he had been cheated, the RJ lodged a complaint with Park Street police station. No one had been arrested till late on Wednesday.
Beaten to death
Pratap Khan, 24, was beaten to death at Serampore for allegedly protesting bursting of firecrackers at a picnic in a park on Tuesday. Police said some men were allegedly drinking and bursting firecrackers. When Khan protested, the men beat him up. Khan died at Serampore Walsh Hospital. Keshto Khan, a local tough, and two others have been arrested.