Under pressure from locals, the South Zone police chief Akun Sabharwal, has resorted to an unconventional method to tame the growing nuisance of black magicians in the City.
Sabharwal, deputy commissioner of South Zone has drawn up a list of the most ossified among the sorcerers to tell them to relocate to the outskirts as people are agitated against the magicians’ continuance.
The reason for his ‘social action’ is the recent dharna staged by local people before the Moghalpura police station, asking the police to evict the witch Nagin. Elsewhere in the City, police are being requested to shift residences of black magicians for their dark deeds and exploiting the naïve.
The police believe some 250-300 sorcerers (Amils) live and practise in the Old City. Of them, a dozen or a little more, are the whales that earn big and have influence. Samah Chaush of Moghalpura, Krishna Devi aka Nagin of Sultanshahi, and Jahangir of Talabkatta are some of them. They earn a good sum and indulge in quackery and witchcraft, it’s alleged. Many complaints of duping the unwary have been lodged against them in different police stations, Sabharwal said.
“We arrest them but they come out on bail and restart their activities,” explained the DCP. He said officers at the senior level too feel that some strong measures like relocating them to outskirts is necessary to curb the cheating of the credulous. Wherever they choose to go, they must however report periodically to the nearest police station, he said.
Nagin’s case is turning out to be curious, said the DCP. She has two passports, one on her original name and another in the name of Tahera Begum. It has been sent for verification.
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