Indian doctor duped into buying ‘Aladdin’s lamp’ after genie show


NEW DELHI, INDIA — Two men who allegedly duped a doctor into buying an “Aladdin’s lamp” for US$93,000 — and even conjured up a fake genie — have been arrested in India, an official said Sunday. Laeek Khan approached police in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh after he realized the lamp did not have any magical powers, as described in the popular folk tale about Aladdin and his wish-granting genie that appears when it is rubbed. “The cheats had struck a deal for much more but the doctor had paid about seven million rupees,” Amit Rai, a senior officer told AFP.

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