Woman Yoga trainer, brother held for cheating couple

Hyderabad: A yoga trainer and her brother were arrested by the Cyberabad Police today for allegedly cheating a couple on the pretext of performing rituals to cure their problems after ‘kidnapping’ them.

N Ushasri, who runs a yoga centre here, and her brother J Abhishek were arrested on charges of blackmail, intimidation and abduction under various sections of the IPC, police said.

The couple had approached Ushasri on June 27 seeking her help in solving their family problems, according to police.

“After collecting information about their family problems, Ushasri convinced them that she would solve them through spiritual counselling and by performing rituals like ‘Kayakalpa’,” Assistant Commissioner of Police (Madhapur Division) M Ramana Kumar said.

Under the pretext of taking the couple to the Srisailam temple for performing some rituals, Ushasri allegedly took them to Tamil Nadu, he said.

“After hypnotising the couple, Ushasri undressed the woman and hit her with a belt in the name of performing rituals and also got transferred Rs 2 lakh from the woman’s bank account into her account online,” the senior officer said.

A complaint was lodged with Madhapur police after the victim woman posted few pictures of her and her husband on a social networking site seeking help, which were noticed by their family members.