Nalbari:A self-styled ‘godman’ was caught red-handed by villagers while he was trying to con a family by making them cough up Rs 40,000 to ‘ward off an evil spirit’ loitering around in the house.
As per sources, the accused identified as Harekrishna Barman from Mushalpur in Nalbari, took an amount of Rs 40,000 from the family of Narayan Talukdar with the promise of casting away an evil spirit that has been allegedly haunting their house for a long time.
Talukdar’s family caught up with Barman a few days ago in order to find a ‘tantric’ solution for thier ‘haunted’house which they claimed was ‘possessed by an evil spirit’. The victim’s family revealed that the “evil spirit” had been causing much damage to their household.
The godman promised the victim’s family that he would help them get rid of the evil spirit if they allow him to perform some rituals at their house and which will cost around Rs 40,000.
Besides performing the rituals, Barman also provided the victim’s family with amulets at a cost of over Rs 1,000 each.
Interestingly, the ‘godman’ was exposed when he “failed to get rid of the evil spirit” from Talukdar’s house within a stipulated time, despite performing all ‘tantric rituals’.
Villagers, who gathered at Talukdar’s residence during the rituals, also started to question the godman’s “powers” and caught him red-handed for fooling people with his claims.
Later it was revealed that the ‘godman’ had fooled many others in the locality with a huge amount of money with the promise of curing diseases and to solve household related problems. The locals caught up with the ‘godman’ and told him to stop fooling people and to return back all the money he had taken from the families.