A police team from the city arrested Shahanaz, who was on the run after 'marrying' several men and cheating them of lakhs of rupees in cash and jewellery, in Bangalore. Police officers arrested 25-year-old Shahanaz Ismail, who is five months pregnant, on a tip-off. Investigators said one of Shahanaz's friends in Hosur, where she had taken refuge after absconding from Chennai, helped police make the arrest.
Police brought her to Chennai by car on Sunday. Police said Shahanaz, from Pathanamthitta district in Kerala, cheated at least seven men in Chennai. She unofficially married four of her victims before deserting them with their cash and valuables. A district-level football player from Pulianthope and a car showroom employee from Mugalivakkam, whom Shahanaz had cheated of a total of Rs 3 lakh, lodged a police complaint against her on August 22.
An investigating officer said Shahanaz gave the victims visiting cards on which she claimed to be a graduate of law, and took money from them on the pretext of preparing for the civil service examinations. Shahanaz told police during interrogation that she had only completed Plus-2 in Kerala. She said her mother had deserted her after her father died 10 years ago. "She married Siddique when she was in Class 10 in Kerala," the officer said. "She left Siddique, with whom she had a child, and got a job in a textile showroom.
But she wasn't making enough money so she came to Chennai in 2005." He said Shahanaz worked at a store and stayed in a rented house in Medavakkam. She married an art director, Rahul, from Trichy in 2007 and deserted him after six months. "Shahanaz got a job in a supermarket shortly after leaving Rahul and convinced the owner, Shamsuddin, to give her a loan of Rs 1.85 lakh," the officer said. "She claimed that she needed the money to buy a house and vanished as soon as he gave her the money." By this time she had married Prasanna, a football player who lived in Pulianthope. "Shamusuddin informed Prasanna that his wife was having affairs with several men," the officer said. "
He showed him photographs of Shahanaz with other men." When Prasanna questioned her, she said Shamusuddin was a pervert. She got a job in a BPO firm in Taramani in 2009 and this helped her get the telephone numbers of several young men. "Among the seven men Shahanaz cheated, she unofficially married Siddique, Rahul, Manikandan of Porur and Prasanna of Pulianthope. She also cheated Saravanan of Adyar, Raju of T Nagar and Saravanan of Thiruvottiyur. Manikandan and Prasanna filed a police case against her. A police team from Chennai arrested Shahanaz after her friend Priya gave investigators her number.
Police arrested her at Kempegowda (Majestic) Bus Terminal when she arrived by bus from Hosur. Shahanaz told to her friends that she has married only four people and not more. A Girl means she has to marry only one man as her life partner.