Six tantriks detained with skulls and bones in Palghar

Palghar-based Vikramgad police also seized fake currency notes the tantriks used to con villagers; skulls and bones will be tested to find if they are genuinely human

Six ‘tantriks’, including two women, have been detained by Palghar-based Vikramgad Police on Wednesday evening, with 10 human skulls and bones and fake currency notes. Police also found knives and sharp weapons with them.

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The six tantriks who were detained
The tantriks who were detained

Police have sent the skulls and bones to the forensic lab for tests to confirm if they are genuinely human. Police said two days ago around 30 tantriks arrived in Vikramgad and were involved in ‘spiritual activities’ at a place.

The 10 skulls and bones have been sent to the forensic labThe 10 skulls and bones have been sent to the forensic lab

Police said these tantriks allegedly asked the villagers to give them money, after which, they promised money would rain from trees and they would also find money buried in the village. However, these babas used to hide fake currency notes underground and on trees and do the ‘spiritual activity’ black magic.

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In the primary interrogation, police found that the tantriks are from Gujarat, and were targeting villagers to loot them. The other tantriks could not be detained in the jungle area. Palghar district PRO Manoj said, “We raided the jungle area of Vikramgad and have detained the tantriks.

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The tantriks also had. fake currency notes that they used to defraud villagers. Pics/Hanif Patel
The tantriks also had. fake currency notes that they used to defraud villagers. Pics/Hanif Patel

We also seized fake Rs 500- and Rs 1,000-currency notes. These tantriks used the material to make fools out of the villagers under the guise of some spiritual activity. We sent the skulls and bones to the forensic lab for a test. We are also in search of people who were cheated by these tantriks.”

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