Vijayawada: The Krishna district police on Saturday booked cases against three pastors for collecting money by allegedly posting photographs of children of middle and high-income families on social networking platforms such a Facebook and claiming they were orphans.

The villagers of Thukkulur under Nuzvid Rural police station limits in Krishna district exposed the racket when the pastors went there seeking money on Friday. The angry villagers also attacked the pastors and handed one of them to the police.

The Nuzvid Rural police said the incident came to light on Friday when the villagers noticed pictures of their children on Facebook. They were posted on Facebook stating that the NGO was providing food and education to over 60 orphans for the past few months.

Two of the pastors managed to flee the village while Boddu Srinivas Rao who runs Mother Teresa Children Seva Trust was caught and thrashed by the angry villagers before handing him over to the police.

The police investigation revealed that the other two pastors from Hyderabad had started the organization to collect funds from people by posting fake pictures on social media.

The police said some posts showed children from wealthy families as mentally unsound or orphans to attract philanthropists and donations. The pastors also posted their account details and mobile numbers to collect funds. The police suspect that the trio might have cheated several donors to the tune of several lakhs.

A case has been registered against the three pastors. The police have formed a special team to nab the two pastors.

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