13 June 2019
Nuapada: A self-styled 'Baba' named Basant Kumar Bag was nabbed in Nuapada’s Lanji village for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor girl on pretext of removing evil spirit from her by performing black magic.
According to reports, the girl’s family members had visited Bag to seek his blessings as he is considered a popular godman in the area. On seeing the 16-year-old girl, Bag said that she was possessed by evil spirits and urged her family members to let him perform black magic on her in order to ward off the negative energy.
Her family members agreed to Bag’s suggestion and left the two alone in a close room. Sometime later, they heard her scream and rushed inside the room to find her lying in an unconscious condition.
The girl was rushed to the hospital for treatment and after her condition stabilised, she alleged that Bagh had sexually assaulted her. Based on the coamplint filed by her family members at Khariar Police Station, Bag was apprehended.