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Three detained for running fake Patanjali sites, misleading people

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The accused created fake websites which were used by people seeking treatment at Patanjali Yog Gram in Haridwar

The accused created fake websites which were used by people seeking treatment at Patanjali Yog Gram in Haridwar

Three people, including a website developer, have been arrested in Bihar for creating fake websites and tricking people under the guise of providing Ayurvedic treatment at Patanjali Yog Gram in Haridwar, Delhi police said on Saturday.

The defendants have been identified as Harendra Kumar (25), Ramesh Patel (31) and Ashish Kumar (22). An officer said that twenty bogus websites named “Patanjali Yog Gram” and other processing centers have been identified and their details have been shared with National Internet Exchange of India for blocking.

A victim of the scam told the police that he came across one of the websites and was directed to a doctor allegedly from Patanjali, who allegedly asked him to pay ₹10,000 for the recording . An officer said the victim ended up paying ₹2,40,500.

Police said the victims realized they had been duped after visiting Haridwar for treatment.

DCP (North) Sagar Singh Kalsi said the accused who operated in different parts of India revealed that the bogus websites were created for people seeking treatment at Patanjali Yog Gram click on it.

Harendra Kumar told police he created fake websites with “Ayurved” and “treatment” as keywords, which appeared in search results for victims who searched for “Patanjali treatment” on the Internet. He also revealed that he kept changing phone numbers on websites because they would be marked as spam on Truecaller after calls were made to them.

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