The curriculum vitae of Nagin Babi aka T Krishna Devi may not be very impressive but she does a flourishing business and despite the cops’ renewed efforts to book sorcerers, continued with her activity. She is alleged to own 20 houses in the City and has a sizeable investment in real estate. When the police warned all those doing black magic to stop it, she came out and openly conducted a ritual in defiance of the order. She sacrificed a goat. That was when the police took her in.
South Zone police deputy commissioner Akun Sabharwal said following her arrest on Tuesday, a search was conducted at her residence where the police found two goats, two severed heads of goats and several beheaded hens, bones and instruments used in black magic. Inspector Faiyaz Ahmed said Nagin Babi is popular in this part of the Old City. He said that scores of people go to her home seeking treatments for varied illnesses. She is doing such a roaring business that she does not care to go for her work with the GHMC sanitation wing.The inspector found she would go once a month to the municipality and sign the register to claim the salary. All other times she is ‘consultant’ to many men and women.
Her popularity is such that she even has clients abroad. She has visited UAE and KSA. In fact, she goes abroad once a month and does business with NRIs. Police said she holds two passports, one in her real name and another in the name of Tahera Begum. She is well versed with the Koran and Islamic culture and rituals. This helps her ‘business’ in the Gulf countries.Nagin has three sons — Rajesh Singh, Mukesh Singh and Teenu Singh, and all three help her in the business. Her husband T Balbeer Singh is jobless but works like an aide to his high-flying wife.
She was arrested on charge of duping public with black magic but she comes out of prison and takess up the work again, inspector Faiyaz Ahmed said.
Last year in June, she was arrested by the police and sent to prison after she started performing black magic in secret. She was, however, released on bail.When she was arrested, hundreds of local people gathered and staged a dharna in front of the Moghalpura police station demanding to shift her residence from the locality. They alleged that the only reason she could continue her practice was due to help from the police.
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