Pune: A 33-year-old trader’s family has been allegedly duped of Rs 26 lakh by a woman spiritual leader and her accomplice under the pretext of helping him have a son through black magic. The accused had told the trader’s father that if he did not do various rituals, then several family members would die.
The complainant runs a grocery shop in Hadapsar. His 60-year-old father worked with a private firm in Mundhwa. His father’s acquaintance Sunil Ramsharan Saroj, who also worked in the same company, visited their house during Diwali in 2016.
“My father told him that our business was not doing well. Saroj told my father that someone has done black magic on our house and family. He asked my father to meet a spiritual woman (Devrushi Bai) in Kharadi who can help the family. Even though I protested against this superstition, my father didn’t listen and went to the woman along with my mother. The woman told my parents that because of black magic, I am not having a son (I have two daughters). As per her directions, my father started doing certain rituals like putting nails around the house, shop etc. He had also started abusing us if we objected to his acts. We didn’t know that he was also giving money to Saroj and the woman. In December last year, when my father had some psychological problem and he used to continuously murmur something and once he had smashed window panes. After his condition deteriorated, we admitted him to a hospital in Manjari. While checking his bank statements, we found that in the last one year, he has paid Rs 17.2 lakh through cheque and Rs nine lakh cash to Saroj and the spiritual woman. When I asked my father, he told me that had he not paid the amount, several family members would have died. The rituals would have also brought prosperity to the family,” the trader stated in his complaint.
Based on the complaint, the police have charged the accused persons with offences under sections 405 and 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and other Inhuman, Evil and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Act.