It’s been a long time coming. The first ever case under the state government’s anti-black magic ordinance, issued days after the brutal murder of the law’s champion Dr Narendra Dabholkar, was registered yesterday in Nanded.
Activists from Maharashtra Andhashradhha Nirmoolan Samiti helped cops charge the duo who duped about 100 people by prescribing magical remedies for incurable diseases at their clinic. The miscreants were arrested on Monday night under section 420 of IPC, and section 3 (2) of the ordinance was added on Tuesday evening.
The alleged quacks Sayel Khan Liyakat Khan (25) and his associate Amiruddin Abdul Latif (40) are in police custody since September 5. They hail from Ghaziabad and Meerut respectively and according to the police they were allegedly running their clinic since last month at Bhagyanagar, in the heart of Nanded city.
“We arrested them under various sections of IPC including 420. On Tuesday evening we added section 3 (2) of the anti-black magic and superstition ordinance. This section prohibits superstition and magical remedy. If proven guilty the accused will get imprisoned for up to seven years,” additional superintendent of police from Nanded Tanaji Chikhale said.
While explaining their modus operandi Vijay Kabade, deputy superintendent of police, Nanded, said, “After discovering that the locals were interested in their ‘treatment’, they had the nerve to issue an advertisement about their clinic in a local newspaper. We laid a trap on Monday and sent in a decoy. After some magical powders and sacred threads had changed hands, we immediately arrested them.”
“From the clinic we seized receipt books, which bear out that since last one month at least hundred people have been duped by the duo. The offenders were claiming that with magical powers they could treat diseases like AIDS,” Kabade maintained.
Meanwhile, Dr Dabholkar’s associates expressed satisfaction at the developments. “After the arrests we met the additional SP and requested him to include sections from the new ordinance. We even provided him a copy of the regulations,” said professor Shivdas Hamand, state secretary of MANS.
Former MANS member commits suicide
A former president of Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti from Pimpri-Chinchwad unit Jawahar Shah (65) allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his residence yesterday morning. Police said that they have found suicide note in which the deceased has said that he was fed up of fighting with cancer. Shah worked as an activist of MANS for several years before being elevated as the president of PCMC unit. He also worked as a teacher with the Jain Gujarati Sangh and was associated with the Pimpri Chinchwad Jain Mahasangh.
A law is born
On August 24, with the consent of Governor K Sankaranarayanan, the state introduced the anti-black magic and superstition ordinance, just four days after Dr Dabholkar was shot dead.
Aug 21 The date when the anti-black magic and superstition ordinance was passed by the state
100 Approximate number of people duped by the duo