A man, reportedly psychologically-ill, was killed allegedly being beaten and drowned in the pond in the name of jinn-exorcism at Awliapur in Bakerganj of Barishal on Saturday.
On information, police sent the body of the 48-year-old victim, Abul Kalam Mridha, to Barishal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital for autopsy, said Anwar Sayeed, circle inspector of Bakerganj police.
He said, ‘Police also detained a woman named Anika Begum, sister of exorcist Riaz Fakir, for interrogation.’
‘Kalam of Badarpur in Patuakhali was reportedly behaving strange lately, so he was thought to be under the influence of jinn and was brought to Riaz at Awliapur on Friday,’ said Anwar, quoting family member.
‘Riaz and his associates forcibly drowned Kalam at 10:00am and 4:00pm in the pond and beat him with sticks to exorcise him from jinn,’ he said.
Beaten and drowned in cold water, Kalam had fallen severely sick, and Riaz told his wife that Kalam had been under recovery and had sent her home, said the inspector.
In the following morning, Riaz’s neighbours had found Kalam’s body at the garden and informed police, said Anwar.
Police was trying to arrest the exorcist and his associates and no case was filed till Saturday evening, said the inspector.
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