Hyderabad: A paan shopowner has been arrested here on the charge of 'raping' and 'cheating' a woman software professional after promising to marry her, police said today.

A case had been registered against Upendra Varma, already married, under IPC sections 376 (rape) and 417 (punishment for cheating), they said.

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The man and the woman knew each other for the past four years, Kachiguda Inspector S Satyanarayana said adding further investigation was on.

He rejected reports that the woman was seduced by giving sweet 'paans' mixed with sedatives. PTI