Mauli Jagran man killed faith healer for avenging wife’s death
ASI Bhinder Singh, in charge of the Mubarikpur police post in Dera Bassi, said Raj Kumar, 28, construction worker, had pushed Anishur Rehman, 51, into the river and held him under water until he drowned.punjab Updated: May 20, 2018 11:38 IST
Four days after the body of a teacher and faith healer was fished out of the Ghaggar river, police on Saturday arrested a Mauli Jagran resident for murdering him to avenge wife’s death.
ASI Bhinder Singh, in charge of the Mubarikpur police post in Dera Bassi, said Raj Kumar, 28, construction worker, had pushed Anishur Rehman, 51, into the river and held him under water until he drowned.
The accused blamed Rehman, who taught Urdu in a madrasa and was also a faith healer, for his wife’s death. She had died two months back because of an illness and the healer was treating her.
To supplement his income Rehman, living in the same locality as Raj Kumar, also conducted prayers and performed rituals for people seeking spiritual healing and others believed to have been “possessed by evil spirits.”
Demand for money
“According to Raj, Rehman had said he would heal his wife and did not let him consult a doctor, which led to her death. Rs 30,000 had been spent on her treatment and Rehman was asking for more money,” Bhinder said.
On May 15, Raj took Rehman to Ramgarh saying he would arrange for some money. When they reached Ghaggar river near Kakrali village, Raj stopped, saying he had to relieve himself. However, as his victim too went down to the river to relieve himself, Raj pushed him into the water and fled after he died, leaving the motorcycle behind, police said. There was an injury too at the back of Rehman’s head.
Mobile tower locations and motorcycle helped nail accused
The police got initial leads from the motorcycle recovered from the spot where Rehman’s body was found on the same day in which he was killed. When his family said Rehman could not drive, police traced the owner of the vehicle who said had sold it to Raj. The accused had till then not transferred it in his name.
To mislead the police, Raj also said the bike had been stolen. A breakthrough was achieved after Rehman’s call details were scanned and the mobile locations of both the murderer and his victim were found to be identical.