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Saswat Singhdeo

Bhubaneswar: Priyaranjan Naik alias Pintu from Daringbadi area of Kandhamal, arrested earlier this year for allegedly cheating several women on the pretext of marriage, has reportedly deceived many other women after being released from  jail.

A woman who recently filed a complaint against the accused said: “After maintaining physical relationship and promising to marry me, he fled with Rs 1.5 lakh. There are as many as 100 women who have become victims of this fraudster.”

According to reports, Priyaranjan used to lure women by introducing himself as doctor, bank manager or a government employee. After establishing physical relationship, the accused allegedly used to extract money by blackmailing the victims.

Earlier on February 5, the cops had arrested Priyaranjan on the basis of phone recordings. However, he had refuted the allegations and said that he was being falsely implicated.

Based on the complaint of a woman working at a hostel in Bhubaneswar, the accused was arrested. “I had filed a complaint earlier this year following which he was arrested but later somehow he managed to get bail,” said the complainant.

As per reports, another woman who helped Priyaranjan get bail was also cheated by him.

Speaking on the issue, social worker, Rituparna Mohanty said, “Despite multiple complaints against the accused, he is roaming free. He mostly targets divorced, widows and those staying alone away from their family.”


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