Fake Godman Charged Hundreds of Thousands of ‘Ghost Chasing’ Says Probe | News from Thane

THANE: Investigators investigating the case of a fake godman who attempted to sacrifice his own nephew earlier this month have learned he siphoned off millions of gullible citizens by claiming he had supernatural powers to take control and hunt ghosts using an electronic gadget he called – Ghost Detector Device.
Police say he created a YouTube channel, Paranormal Rescuer Society, where he posted videos of how he controlled ghosts and charged customers who asked for his help.
The self-proclaimed fake man-god was arrested along with a woman and another person after his sister filed a complaint against him for trying to sacrifice his nine-year-old son to eliminate evil spirits. She alleged that her son was also sexually abused by the defendant who claimed to have had a vision that if his nephew was not assaulted he would become a rapist.
The police were granted custody of the trio. During the investigation, it was learned that the main defendant charged each of his clients hundreds of thousands of rupees for chasing away ghosts or evil spirits, TOI DCP Vinay Rathod informed.
“His modus was simple – capitalizing on citizens’ fear by projecting himself as a rescuer with supernatural powers and siphoning off huge sums of money,” Rathod said, adding that the police team “carried out research on the place of the accused and recovered a laptop computer, cell phones, drone cameras, night vision CCTV cameras, ‘Ghost Detector Machine’, various types of black dolls, prayer beads, pyramids and other materials and gadgets to practice the black magic – with a cumulative value of Rs 6.5 lakh.
Police also seized animal teeth, snake skin, crow feathers, skulls and two tiger skins during searches. A separate case has been filed under the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972 against the accused, police said.
The number of people who fell prey to the fake godman could be much higher, and further investigation into the matter is underway, a police officer added.
An offense was recorded against the accused under various sections of the Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and Other Inhumane, Evil and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Act 2013; IPC; and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (Pocso) Act at Chitalsar Police Station.


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