Dr Laik Khan, a doctor from Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut, claims to have paid Rs 2.5 crore for a mythical Aladdin’s lamp that he purchased from two men of the same district. Cons, identified as Ikramuddin and Anees, had warned the doctor to not use the magical lamp for at least two years.

According to the police, Dr Khan is not the only one fooled by the two men, who have been pretending to have practised witchcraft for years.

“The accused did not have a specific target. They shared visiting cards with their customers saying they would solve any issue. Some people were also given some money back initially to take them into confidence,” SHO Bhrampuri Police Station in Meerut, Subhash Atri, said as quoted by The Indian Express.

The lamp was made of steel and initially offered to Dr Khan at a “discounted price” of Rs 70 lakh. But the doctor said in the FIR that the two men continued to ask for money even after he bought the lamp.

“During this time, my son fell ill and he was admitted to a Meerut hospital. His condition became serious and he was referred to a Delhi Hospital. They told me that they had cursed my son, and if I didn’t pay them Rs 50 lakh, they would use black magic to curse my other family members. They kept feeding me something, and I was completely under their control,” Dr Khan said.