The compliant doctor said the men sold him the lamp and promised that it would bring prosperity and happiness.
Police in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh have arrested two men who allegedly tricked a doctor into buying an “Aladdin lamp” for $ 93,000 that they had promised would bring prosperity and happiness.
Dr. Laeek Khan turned to police in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh after discovering that the lamp possessed no magical powers, as described in the popular folk tale about Aladdin and his wish-fulfillment spirit that appears when rubbed.
“The scammers had made a deal for a lot more, but the doctor paid about seven million rupees ($ 93,000),” Amit Rai, a senior official told AFP.
He said the men were arrested and detained on Thursday before charges were brought.
“The wife of one of these men was also involved in the fraud. She is on the run, ”Rai added.
In his complaint filed last Sunday, Khan said one of the men pretended to be an occultist and let a “jinn” – a supernatural figure – appear from the lamp, local media reported.
Khan told NDTV.com that he met the men while treating a woman he thought was her mother. “They gradually began to tell me about a ‘baba’ (priest) who they said had also visited their home. They started brainwashing me and asked me to meet this baba, ”Khan was quoted as saying in his complaint.
The doctor met the priest “who seemed to be performing such rituals”.
But during one of his visits, when Khan asked if he could touch the ghost or take the lamp home, they refused, saying it could harm him, the complaint read.
Eventually they sold him the lamp and promised that it would bring health, prosperity and happiness.
Khan stated that he later realized that the “ghost” was actually just one of the men in disguise.
“The men cheated on other families with the same approach. The total amount is several million rupees, ”said Rai.