Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Aug 25:
Niali police in Odisha’s Cuttack district today forwarded Aghoranath Baba alias Kunia Bhoi of Nuagan to the court on the charge of collecting huge money from the people.
Briefing the Kanak TV today, Cuttack Rural SP Devdas Kundu said during his recent visit to Niali for grievance hearing, the people had brought allegations against the Aghoranath Baba.
“On the receipt of the allegations, I had taken up the matter seriously and ordered the immediate arrest of the Baba. Following my order, a case was registered in the Niali police station and the Baba was arrested yesterday and forwarded to the court this afternoon,” he said.
The SP also informed that investigation would be made into other misdeeds of the fake Baba.
Police have charged Aghoranath Baba under section 506, 294 and 420 of the IPC.
As per the section 506 of the IPC, whoever commits, the offence of criminal intimidation shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both; If threat be to cause death or grievous hurt, etc.—And if the threat be to cause death or grievous hurt, or to cause the destruction of any property by fire, or to cause an offence punishable with death or 1[imprisonment for life], or with imprisonment for a term which may extend to seven years, or to impute, unchastity to a woman, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to seven years, or with fine, or with both.
Section 294 of the IPC states that whoever, to the annoyance of others, does any obscene act in any public place, or sings, recites or utters any obscene song, ballad or words, in or near any public place, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three months, or with fine, or with both.
As per the provision of section 420 of the IPC, whoever cheats and thereby dishonestly induces the person deceived to deliver any property to any person, or to make, alter or destroy the whole or any part of a valuable security, or anything which is signed or sealed, and which is capable of being converted into a valuable security, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to seven years, and shall also be liable to fine.
The incident was brought to the limelight by Kanak TV yesterday.
As reported by the Kanak TV, Aghornath Baba used to dupe people with his innovative style.
The incident came to light after a man of Badakorakara village lodged a complaint with the police.
In his complaint, the victim Gayachand had stated that he was under mental duress after the death of his son who was killed in a road accident recently. To relieve from the mental pressure, he had sought the help of the Baba who collected Rs 10,000 from him and asked him to dig a hole in his house and find inauspicious metal which had caused the death of his son.
Acting on his instruction, Gayachand dug up a hole in his house. But he was let down as no metal was found after digging up nine feet.
The hapless villager later lodged a complaint against the Baba with the Niali police.
“Believing that the Baba has healing powers since people from various areas used to visit him and seek his advice, I had approached him”, he said.
Expressing anger and anguish, Gayachand’s wife said the fraud Baba should be awarded with harshest punishment.
The arrested Baba used to dupe people by taking them to the cremation ground in a bier like dead bodies where he performed fake rituals by making them lie on the ground to drive out evil spirits from their bodies.