It’s almost as if someone has performed black magic on the Pune police. Barely three days after a police probe concluded that the allegation against former commissioner Gulabrao Pol of having taken help of black magic had no merit, an accused in the murder of rationalist Dr Narendra Dabholkar has levelled a similar allegation against Pol and an ACP, who is the investigating officer in the case.
Accused turns accuser: Vikas Khandelwal and his counsel B A Aloor at the office of the Pune police commissioner last evening
Vikas Khandelwal, who is currently out on bail, has claimed that the investigating officer, ACP (Crime I) Rajendra Bhamare and Pol were present when ex-constable and self-styled godman Manish Thakur performed black magic on him.
He has claimed he was subjected to black magic and planchette during his custodial interrogation by Pune Crime Branch officials at the Unit IV office in Khadki on November 27, 2013. He has also claimed that the séance was recorded on camera.
Khandelwal, through his counsel B A Aloor, approached Police Commissioner Satish Mathur last evening to submit his written complaint against ACP Bhamare and ex-CP Pol.
Khandelwal said, “I recognised the person (Manish Thakur) who performed black magic on me when I was in police custody after reading media reports on the séance conducted by the police during the investigation of the Dabholkar murder case.
Thakur had worn a white kurta and trousers and he was directed by the senior officials to start performing black magic on me.”
“When Thakur was performing the magic, ACP Rajendra Bhamare had instructed his subordinates to note down all details and also to video-record the ritual. Thakur was speaking in English, Hindi and Marathi. Pol was asking him questions related to Dabholkar’s murder in English and Thakur was responded in Marathi,” Khandelwal revealed.
His counsel, advocate BA Aloor, said, “Khandelwal and another accused Manish Nagori were arrested by the Pune police only on the basis of information ‘received’ during the séance. Police don’t have any evidence against the accused and had acted out of political pressure to show arrests in this sensational case.”
“Apart from the complaint filed by Hamid Dabholkar, son of Dr Narendra Dabholkar, we are also an aggrieved party and demand that a criminal case be registered against the concerned officials for performing black magic and falsely implicating two persons in a murder case by preparing false and forged documents,” he added.
Aloor has demanded that a case be registered against Bhamare and Pol under section 219 (public servant in judicial proceeding corruptly making report, etc, contrary to law), 220 (commitment for trial or confinement by person having authority who knows that he is acting contrary to law), 194 (giving or fabricating false evidence with intent to procure conviction of capital offence), 420 (cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document), 468 (forgery) of the IPC and Section 3 of the Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and Other Inhuman, Evil and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Act 2013.
ACP Rajendra Bhamare refuted all allegations levelled against him by Khandelwal. “We had arrested Khandelwal and Nagori based on evidence after the ballistic report was obtained. Since he has a criminal past and was ‘hurt’ by the action taken against him, Khandelwal is making false allegations against us. These allegations are all baseless,” he said.