Man killed for ‘black magic’ – Telegraph India

Daltonganj: A 54-year-old tribal marginal farmer was brutally thrashed to death for practising witchcraft by five fellow villagers, also tribal, at remote, Naxalite-hit Garhwat hamlet, 88km from Daltonganj and some 265km from Ranchi, on Saturday.

The killers, including a woman, are absconding.

Victim Indradeo Singh alias Godhar Singh was beaten up with sticks around 8.30am and left for dead after which he succumbed some time later, his widow Sunarwa Devi told the police. She said she could feel his breath for some time after which he collapsed. She tried to revive him with water but he was too far gone, she said.

Sunarwa, who in her FIR named the five accused – farmer Vishundeo Singh alias Teeru and his wife, Rameshwar Singh, Parmeshwar Singh and Bullu alias Baluwa – also told the police that the killers, barring the woman, had in the morning made her husband drink country liquor and also drunk it themselves. Then, they beat him up.

Manatu thana, 17km from Garhwat, has stepped up the hunt for the killers. Manatu OC Sanjay Nayak said, “The five accused have fled their houses at Garhwat and are in hiding. But we will trace them very soon.”

Palamau SP Indrajeet Mahatha SP Palamau clarified to the paper that the victim’s body was not burnt, as reported by a section of the media. “The body was intact and sent for post-mortem on Saturday evening. It was not burnt at all,” he said.

On accusations of witchcraft, a Palamau scribe said people in villages were quick to blame “black magic” for everything, including trivial things such as cows refusing to walk. “Ignorance and illiteracy of people are to blame for this superstition,” he said.

Source: Man killed for ‘black magic’ – Telegraph India

Kerala: Idukki murders only tip of iceberg as black magic, occult practices take over India’s most literate state – Firstpost

A huge demand for a law to deal with superstitious beliefs and occult practices echoed across Kerala last year, when a youth who was engaged in supernatural experiments brutally killed his parents, sister and aunt in Thiruvananthapuram. The demand has returned with renewed vigour 16 months after the ghastly incident. What has spurred the fresh demand is the murder of four members of a family in the hilly district of Idukki. Curiously, the victims are a sorcerer, his wife and two children, and the person who committed the murder is suspected to be his former disciple.

While the youth in Thiruvananthapuram is still not in an appropriate frame of mind to provide a credible reason for the crime, the police probe into the murder of Krishnan (52), wife Susheela (50), daughter Arsha (22) and son Arjun (20) at their home in Thodupuzha (Idukki district) indicates that Krishnan’s former apprentice, Aneesh had allegedly murdered the four in his bid to eliminate his mentor to regain the magical powers that he believed were rendered ineffective by the former through his own magical powers.

The police team investigating the murder came to this conclusion after questioning Aneesh’s accomplice Libeesh (28). Idukki district police chief KB Venugopal said that the information they extracted from interrogating Libeesh had revealed that professional rivalry between Aneesh and his former mentor had led to the diabolical murder.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

“Aneesh had acquired additional skills in sorcery from another practitioner of black magic after he learnt the basic skills from Krishnan. When the power did not work with his clients after he set up a separate branch, Aneesh believed that it was because his power was weakened by his mentor,” Venugopal said.

He said that Aneesh believed that by murdering Krishnan, he could get back his black magic powers. He also had an eye on the palm leaf scriptures that dealt with black magic practices besides the money and jewellery that Krishnan had in his possession, the senior police officer added. As the professional rivalry between the two grew, Aneesh hatched a conspiracy six months ago to eliminate Krishnan and sought the help of his old friend Libeesh to carry out the crime.

Aneesh, who was aware that Krishnan’s family was cut off from neighbours and relatives, arrived at the house during the night on 29 July along with Libeesh and struck down the family members one-by-one with a silencer pipe from an Enfield Bullet motorcycle, the police said. When the duo returned two days later, it found Krishnan’s son alive. They hit his head with a shovel to ensure his death. However, Arjun was not dead when his body was buried in a pit behind the house along with the other three. The police said that even Krishnan was buried alive.

The accused had slaughtered a black hen to ward off the police. However, the magic did not work. Both landed in the police net less than a week after the crime came to light. The brutal murders have once again turned the focus to the thriving black magic market in Kerala, which boasts of high literacy and progressive thinking. Psychiatrist Dr Mohan Roy, who assisted the state police in verifying the claims of the accused (in the Thiruvananthapuram family murder case) that he had murdered his family members as part of an experiment to “detach human souls from their bodies” said Kerala’s claim of progressive thinking was hollow.

He said a growing number of people in the state was coming under the spell of black magic and other occult practices. While people in advanced countries have started drifting away from religion, Keralites are going back to the primitive practices despite strong renaissance waves sweeping the state. “This is a sign of mental illness afflicting the population. The flourishing black magic market shows that the disease has assumed epidemic proportion. Both the people who seek magic remedy for their problems and the sorcerers who sell these remedies need mental treatment,” the psychiatrist said.

Black magic has been in vogue in Kerala from ancient times and no community is free from it.

According to a medieval legend, a Christian priest known as Kadamattathu Kathanar gained superhero status among the people through display of supernatural powers. Recently, even a bishop was found indulging in practices bordering on black magic and was suspended from the Church. John Thattungal made a young woman stay with him while serving as bishop at Kochi saying she had divine powers. He had taken the blood of the woman and blessed his house with it.

Many Christian cults are thriving in the state offering healing and divine solutions to the believers. ‘Spirit in Jesus’, a cult-like group that came up in the state in 1989 with the objective of saving mankind, gained a foothold across the world with a claim that it could ‘evoke’ the souls of the dead on the earth and free them of their sins. Devil (Satanic) worship is another form that is gaining ground in a big way in the state. The Satan-worshippers are trying to spread their net in the state by making fake claims that they can solve people’s problems and bring riches, besides destroying their enemies.

A similar cult that is popular among Hindus is Chathans, who have been practicing black arts for centuries for those seeking fortunes and relief from sufferings. The sect, that is based in Peringottukara village in Thrissur, worships a dark avatar of Vishnu as its deity. Most castes including the upper caste Nampoothiris in the Hindu community have been practicing black magic in different forms from ancient times. The Namboothiris used to practice sorcery in accordance with ancient texts.

Their origins lie in the combination of 12 spirits — of which six were meant for the propitiation of evil spirits and the other six for the good ones. Three well-known Nampoothiri magician families in the state are Kallur, Kattumatan and Akavoor.

Occult practices are also popular among Muslims. It is practiced mostly in the form of faith healing. The Thangal family, that claims to be direct descendants of Prophet Muhammad’s family, are popular religious healers in the community and traditionally hold reins of Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), a dominant political arm of the community. Dr Zubair, who is a medical graduate from Kozhikode Medical College, has been practising Islamic treatment saying that some of the disease are caused by evil forces. He also has a huge following in West Asia.

Former state police chief PJ Alexander said that black magic is thriving in Kerala because Keralites want easy money and quick solutions. He does not think that this can be checked through law. “Black magic will flourish as long as there is demand for it. The only solution to the problem is creation of scientific temper among people. Rationalists, who led several movements against superstitious beliefs in the past, have disappeared from the social space now,” he added.

KN Anil Kumar, president of the Kerala Rationalists Association, said its campaigns were not yielding result as sorcerers were more powerful and resourceful. They are luring gullible people through extensive ad campaign in the media, including television channels and social media. “At least a ban on the advertisements can check the menace to a great extent. The law introduced by Maharashtra government against superstition and black magic in 2013 has yielded positive results. A similar law is the need of the hour in Kerala,” he added.

Anil Kumar said Kerala will become a lunatic asylum as predicted by revered Swami Vivekananda if the state government does not intervene immediately in checking this evil.

 

Source: Kerala: Idukki murders only tip of iceberg as black magic, occult practices take over India’s most literate state – Firstpost

Spiritual healer accused of black magic speaks in Sydney court | Daily Mail Online

A spiritual healer accused of carrying out a black magic exorcism on a non-consenting man has told a Sydney jury he’s done the procedure on thousands of people in many countries.

Riza Morinaj got in the witness box on Monday, after the jury watched his recorded police interview in which he denied claims the man was held down, told him to stop and said the suction cups were hurting.

Morinaj, a French citizen who has lived in Australia since 2006, has pleaded not guilty to detaining the man in company, occasioning him actual bodily harm, in November 2016 at a Sydney home.

Riza Morinaj (pictured) says that he's performed a black magic exorcism, involving slashing a man with a blade, on thousands of people

Riza Morinaj (pictured) says that he’s performed a black magic exorcism, involving slashing a man with a blade, on thousands of people

The man, who cannot be identified, has testified he was held down on a bed when suction cups were placed on him and he was cut with a small blade after his relatives believed he had been a victim of black magic.

Giving evidence to the District Court jury, Morinaj said he was a therapist in Hijama, which he said was incision therapy called wet cupping done in the Islamic tradition.

‘Hijama was a practice recommended by an Islam prophet, especially as a remedy against black magic,’ the 39-year-old Melbourne Muslim said.

He received a diploma qualification ‘from a well-known British institute’ in 2013 and had treated 10,000 to 15,000 people in countries including ‘almost every nation’ in Europe, Asia and all Australian states.

The practice involved placing suction cups over the body and making small incisions so the toxins could be removed, he said.

Morinaj said he first contacted the man’s grandfather after a mutual acquaintance told him of problems with the grandson.

‘(The grandfather) told me since his grandson got married, things were not going well and he suspected he was under the influence of black magic due to his wife.’

A man did not consent to an exorcism involving a blade, a Sydney court was told            (Pictured: Riza Morinaj, who has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and assault)

A man did not consent to an exorcism involving a blade, a Sydney court was told            (Pictured: Riza Morinaj, who has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and assault)

In his police interview, Morinaj denied he told the grandson he was drawing out black blood which was ‘the evil’ when he placed the cups on him and read out the Koran.

He told the officer it was ‘completely absurd’ to say he forced the man to stay in the bedroom and forced the cupping procedure on him.

‘How could I force him?’ he asked.

‘It’s impossible to force anybody.’

He did not discuss the grandfather’s black magic belief with the man and he did not discuss what he was going to do or how he would do it.

Police asked if he had explained to the grandfather that he would be using the cupping.

‘Why are you making such a big deal about the suction cups?’ he replied.

The officer again asked if he specifically told the grandfather he would be using suction cups.

Morinaj said he probably did but he could not recall it.

The trial is continuing before Judge Helen Syme.

The case is continuing before the Downing Centre District Court (pictured), which heard on Monday that the procedure has been performed on 'thousands' of others

The case is continuing before the Downing Centre District Court (pictured), which heard on Monday that the procedure has been performed on ‘thousands’ of others

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Source: Spiritual healer accused of black magic speaks in Sydney court | Daily Mail Online

2018 A Dark Age Has Begun Again

The year is 2018 and with sadness I am looking around and seeing occult and dark forces everywhere from media to books and television, people may not be aware but there has been this battle going on for centuries however the dangers are ever increasing. As the pope in Rome quoted the devil is a real person and charms you in.

People are being mislead and the darkness that surrounds us cannot be underestimated as a reader of this blog I am sure you are one of the few that wishes to remain in the light however with what is happening around us this battle is going to be hard fought and people wiling to use dark occult forces is growing just look around on Twitter and the internet and you will see the grip of evil is ever widening and needs to be halted.

If you require any type of assistance please do not hesitate to contact us via the form on the contact page and we will try to help as many of you as we can.

Tantrik held for black magic ritual on patient in ICU

A tantrik, who was detained for apparently carrying out wizardry on a female in the critical care unit (ICU) of Pune’s Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, has actually been sent to three-day cops safekeeping.

The tantrik had allegedly executed some procedure to heal a 24-year-old person suffering from breast cancer, however she passed away. After which, her family members held the tantrik in charge of her fatality.

Dr Sunil Chavan was treating the person at a private medical facility, but when her problem got worse, she was changed to Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital.

The lady’s household affirmed that when Chavan was not able to cure her, he invited the tantrik, saying he trusted him.

The death took place in the Mangeshkar Healthcare facility properties, but the household required action versus the physician and also the tantrik, competing that she was recuperating at the health center.

Man Reportedly Arrested for Casting Black Magic Spell on Al-Nassr

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As reported by Mahra S. of Emirates 24/7 News, a “sorcerer” was detained at the clash between Al-Nassr and Al-Fateh—which Al-Fateh won, 2-1—after it was discovered he was in possession of black magic charms. The suspect was then “referred to the higher committee of investigations.”

“This story went viral on social media where many suspected that it is because of his using those magic charms, the famous and successful Saudi football team of Al-Nassr lost the match,” the story continued.

Mahra added that the club have been criticised in the wake of the arrest, with many suggesting that they are “trying to find excuses” for their failure.

Only Al-Hilal, with 13, have won more national titles than Al-Nassr, who have eight, in Saudi Arabian football, making them one of the biggest teams in the country. This season has been one to forget, though, as they’re languishing in eighth place in defence of the title they won last term.

The team did pick up an impressive 3-1 over Al-Orobah in their most recent outing. So perhaps they’ve overcome their problems after all.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2632790-man-reportedly-arrested-for-casting-black-magic-spell-on-al-nassr

Family Of 10 lock themselves into a house in India

tantrik family house lockedA family of 10 people in Southern India have been locked in their home for 3 months. Villagers who strongly believe in the occult say that a tantrik has told them if they leave the entire family will die. The family took the help of the tantrik after their crop died and their goats also died. Police are in talks with the family who are barricaded in the house and refuse to come out until the tantrik completes his rituals which he says will take more time and allow them to leave.

 

Thane mass murder: Cops probe split personality, black magic angle

Investigators probing the Thane mass murder are exploring the possibility of the killer, Hasnain Warekar, suffering from a split personality disorder that might have driven him to slaughter 14 members of his family.
A senior police officer, part of the probe team, said several mental health experts and criminologists were helping them in figuring out the behavioural pattern of the 35-year-old accused. The officer said they were trying to ascertain whether the accused was a victim of a split or multiple personality disorder.
“While searching his house, certain medicines pointing to psychological symptoms/illness were recovered. They are likely to give us some leads into Hasnain’s state of mind before the macabre killings,” the officer said.
The police are trying to locate the pharmacist from whom the medicines were procured and the doctor who prescribed them, said the officer. Police say locals remember Hasnain as a good-natured and religious man.
Police have been recording statements of Hasnain’s relatives and friends. They are also probing the black magic angle to ascertain whether he was influenced by such a practise or followed any self-styled godman. Police have gotten in touch with the caretaker of the Pardesi Baba Darghah (also known as Durgha Hazrat Gaji Salauddin Shah Baba) which the accused visited frequently. The caretaker, however, refused to comment.
Police have learnt from neighbours that Hasnain used to slaughter goats for ‘kurbani’ (sacrifice) ritual and therefore, knew how to use a butcher’s knife.
A police official from Kasarwadavali Police Station said they have collected blood and nail samples of the lone survivor of the incident, Subiya Barmar, Hasnain’s 21-year-old sister.
Among those killed in the shocking incident were Hasnain’s parents, wife, sisters and children. The accused slit their throats with a knife after offering them drinks laced with sedatives at the family house in Kasarvadawali area on Thane outskirts. He then committed suicide by hanging himself.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india/thane-mass-murder-cops-probe-split-personality-black-magic-angle/story-KjyejqpmNA4cbEBSyVmYAN.html

Buddhist monk ‘robbed skulls from graves for black magic rituals’

A BUDDHIST monk accused of looting graves for skulls to be used in black magic rituals is being held by police in Thailand.

The 65-year-old monk, who was disrobed on April 19, allegedly raided two cemeteries near the north-eastern city of Udon Thani with accomplices.

Police accuse the monk and two younger disciples of digging up skulls to be used in rituals — which may include making amulets said to protect the wearer and confer power.

“The monk took five skulls, including of siblings — an eight-year-old girl and a six-year-old boy — who died from drowning,” Santhan Intharajak, commander of Kumpawapi Police Station in Udon Thani province, said.

“He has been conspiring to steal skulls and moving, destroying and desecrating corpses.”

Santhan added that the maximum penalty is five years in jail.

According to police the monk denies the charges, instead saying he visited the cemeteries at night to talk to spirits in an attempt to foresee lottery numbers.

Rituals led by monks claiming to foresee the numbers are common among people in Thailand especially in rural areas, Santhan said.

“It is a strange case but it does happen for real in this society,” he added.

Many Thais believe in black magic and occult rituals to bring good luck or dispel bad fortune.

Thailand’s notoriously fractious political scene is also known to draw on the occult.

Competing camps have openly used black magic curses against each other, while protesters often deck themselves out in amulets which they believe make them impervious to bullets or other forms of harm.

http://www.news.com.au/world/asia/buddhist-monk-robbed-skulls-from-graves-for-black-magic-rituals/story-fnh81fz8-1227314500648