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Vikash Sharma

The Commissionerate Police on Friday obtained three days custodial remand of ‘fake doctor’ Ramesh Chandra Swain, to interrogate him further in connection with his fraudulent activities, spanning across several states of India, including Odisha. So far, police has learnt about Swain’s marriage with 19 women whom he had cheated following wedlock.

Twin City Police Commissioner, SK Priyadarshi said a ‘Pink Team’ has been constituted to probe the multi-dimensional crimes committed by Swain.

The ‘Pink Team’ consists mostly of senior woman officers, chartered account, legal advisors and other financial experts. Preliminary probe suggests that Swain was involved in cheating women and others to the tune of around Rs 1.5 crore. The amount of fraud is likely to go up as the investigation progresses, police said.

“A total of 14 cases including five cases at Mahila Police station has been registered against the accused so far. The investigation in the cases has been satisfactory,” said Priyadarshi.

According to Priyadarshi the special team, having a majority of women professionals, has been constituted as the victims are mostly women, individuals and other agencies from Odisha and outside the State. Police teams will be sent outside Odisha, if needed, to conduct further investigation, he said.

Sources said that the Commissionerate Police has also written to several banks, seeking details of the accounts of Swain to conduct an extensive probe into his financial activities.

It is pertinent to mention here that Swain was arrested by Commissionerate Police on February 14 for allegedly faking his identity and duping multiple women after marrying them. It has been ascertained that Swain had duped 19 women in different parts of the country. The victims include teachers, doctors, lawyer and others holding key posts in government as well as in the private sector.

The accused had developed intimacy with the victims after obtaining their profile on matrimonial websites.

Rashmita Beura, sister of Swain, was arrested on February 23 for her alleged involvement in the frauds. Rashmita was arrested based on the complaints filed by the victims who alleged that she was present during the wedding occasions and collected gifts from them

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