Do malevolent ghosts haunt you?
For farmer Sunil Das, his first call was the police, who laughed at what they thought was a joke.india Updated: Jul 11, 2006 12:10 IST
For farmer Sunil Das, his first call was the police, who laughed at what they thought was a joke, the Hindustan Times newspaper reported on Tuesday.
But a judge in Assam saw little humour in Das' allegation that ghosts controlled by his neighbours were making off with his poultry at night.
Instead of laughing, the judge ordered police to get to work and find the culprits, the newspaper reported.
In his complaint, Sunil Das accused his neighbours of using their "obedient but malevolent" ghosts, "subjecting me to physical and mental torture," the newspaper reported.
Das said his neighbours were notorious for using black magic against people they had a grudge against.
Superstitions and belief in ghosts are widespread across India, particularly in rural villages.
Nevertheless, police working the case said it was a first for them.
"We have dealt with hardcore criminals and armed militants but this is the first time we are required to pursue a case with a spooky angle to it," the newspaper quoted a local police officer as saying.
"We are yet to crack the case but investigations are on," said the unidentified officer.