In a bizzare case of blind faith, the daily soap actress who was allegedly raped and conned of Rs 26 lakh by a tantrik told the police that the man had come to her dressed as Sai Baba, and that she had been convinced the man was a manifestation of the revered saint.
While the alleged rapist tantrik has been arrested, his accomplice Bhagwandas, who introduced the actress to him, is absconding
This paper had reported on the incident yesterday, in which the actress had consulted the tantrik, who in the guise of performing a puja to ensure that the actress won a flat in a MHADA lottery she so cherished, raped her. He also escaped with R26 lakh she had made as an offering, but was arrested by the Charkop police.
mid-day’s report on May 12
The arrested accused is Ismail Azim Khan (35), a Mahim resident, and cops have seized a costume similar to the robes worn by Sai Baba from the accused, along with other puja paraphernalia. According to Senior Police Inspector Anand Koli of Charkop police station, “Whenever the actress visited Khan, he dressed as Sai Baba and presented himself as an incarnation of the saint.”
The 27-year-old woman was introduced to Khan by another tantrik Bhagwandas, who is on the run. Koli said, “Bhagwandas is the main accused in the case and we are searching for him. He is physically challenged and cannot walk properly.”
Bhagwandas managed to convince the woman that Khan the ‘Sai Baba’ would give her respite from all her problems and also help her win the MHADA lottery. She was told to follow his instructions unfailingly. Khan, accompanied with Bhagwandas, went to the actress’ residence dressed as the saint and equipped with a broom to bless her.
“He told me that I had a ghost inside my body, and that if I wanted to get rid of it I would have to have sex with him,” the woman said in her statement. While Khan was arrested on May 10, Bhagwandas is currently absconding and suspected to have the money. Khan is in police custody till May 16.