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MP Bizarre Police seize over 4 feet long ‘jata’ of ‘Swami’ as evidence

In a bizarre case, Madhya Pradesh police has seized over four feet long ‘jata’ (matted hair locks sported as a turban by sadhus) of a ‘swami’ as part of the evidence

bhopal Updated: May 30, 2017 17:03 IST
(HT Photo/Guna police in possession of 4 feet long ‘jata’ of a Swami allegedly cut by a group of Bhil tribals)

In a bizarre case, Madhya Pradesh police has seized over four feet long ‘jata’ (matted hair locks sported as a turban by sadhus) of a ‘swami’ as part of evidence.

The incident occurred in Guna district, nearly 220 kms from Bhopal, under the jurisdiction of Aron police station.

Abhay Pratap Singh, Aron police station in charge told HT over phone that one Vishnu Swami Raghunandan Das was attacked allegedly by a group of Bhil tribals at Gupteshwar Mahadev Ashram, nearly 60 kms from Guna district headquarters, on Saturday night. Singh said Swami was injured in the attack and admitted in the hospital.

“When we questioned the Swami later, he said Bhil tribals from the nearby village had attacked him during night and cut his ‘Jata’. After this, police went to his ashram on Sunday and seized the ‘jata’ as part of the evidence”, he said.

Singh said Swami Raghunandan Das had constructed his ashram in the forest area. “There are many mango trees around his Ashram premises. Bhil tribals used to go there regularly to pluck mangos from those trees. Swami Raghunandan Das didn’t like this. He strongly objected to it, He would drive them away”, he said.

Singh said this perhaps enraged Bhil tribals, who attacked him on Saturday night, beating him mercilessly and also cut his four feet long ‘jata’. Swami told police that he couldn’t see the accused’s faces as it was dark but could recognise the Bhil tribals from their voice.

Singh said soon the accused Bhil tribals would be caught. “Police have registered a case against the accused under sections 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 294 (obscene acts and songs), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 34(acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of IPC”, he said.