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Man holds wife, daughter in captivity for eight years

The farmer believed his wife and daughter were possessed by Brahma Rakshas (an evil spirit).

lucknow Updated: Apr 17, 2017 13:15 IST
Farhan Ahmed Siddiqui
Farhan Ahmed Siddiqui
Allahabad, Hindustan Times
Balipur Tata village,Kaushambi,Priest
Priest Amit Tripathi outside the house of Sarju.(HT Photo)

In a bizarre case, a man allegedly held his wife and daughter in captivity for eight years at his house in Balipur Tata village of Kaushambi as he believed they were possessed by Brahma Rakshas (an evil spirit).

A priest from Haryana who had been called for a puja on Saturday evening rescued the woman and her daughter with the help of the police.

It is believed that Brahma Rakshas is the spirit of an evil Brahmin who did not get salvation after his death and it is believed that the spirit continues to haunt the people even today.

According to report, Sarju Tiwari is a farmer who owns several acres of land in Balipur Tata village. He suffered mental shock after the death of his elder son Vijay about eight years ago.

When Sarju started behaving in an insane manner, his younger son Ajay also fled the home. Sarju started believing that his wife Shashikala and daughter Kanchanlata had been possessed by Brahma Rakshas and ensured that the house was locked when he went outside.

On Saturday, Sarju called a priest Amit Tripathi from Haryana for a puja at the house and told him about the curse of Brahma Rakshas.

However, Tripathi was shocked to see the pathetic condition of Shashikala and Kanchan. They told the priest that they were forced to do household work and were not given food for days. They requested him to rescue them from the clutches of Sarju.

Tripathi complained to the neighbours but they did not pay attention to him. He later approached the Charwa police and requested inspector Mohammad Hashim to accompany him to Sarju’s house.

Circle officer, Chayal, Mahendra Dev also reached the village and rescued the mother-daughter duo after breaking the door. They were found to be malnourished and were sent to the district hospital for treatment.

MLA from Chayal constituency Sanjay Gupta also reached the village and expressed his concern and anger over the case.

Sarju, however, claimed his wife and daughter were mentally ill and he was taking care of them.

In a volte face later in the evening, inspector Mohammad Hashim, who had earlier said Sarju was mentally unsound, claimed the woman and her daughter were mentally ill and tried to run away from the hospital claiming they had received “orders from the above” to do so.

They claim they are seeing snakes at the hospital. They need urgent psychiatric treatment,” Hashim added.

First Published: Apr 17, 2017 13:15 IST