Gulf returnee dies after torture by exorcist

Gulf returnee dies after torture by exorcist
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Nilambur: A shocking incident of exorcism that claimed the life of a young man has been reported from here. The incident came to light from the multimedia messages the youth had sent to his friend while in the captivity of the exorcist.

Locals lodged a complaint with Pookotumpadam Police against the so-called healer who plys his trade from Cherani, Manjeri. The Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen has sought an investigation into the issue.

“Admitted to a facility near Cherani for liver disease and tortured for 26 days denying food or water at its quarters and another building to exorcise demons,” the complaint based on the deceased's message stated.

The recorded messages reveal the man was taken to the diviner by his relatives even though he was feeling fine. His relatives were approached by the healer, says the message.

The deceased, who was a native of Karulai in Nilamburtaluk, was in Saudi Arabia for 18 years. Though he was undergoing treatment for a liver disease, his condition had reportedly improved after consulting a doctor, but it deteriorated after his admission to the exorcist's centre where he was tortured. Finally, he succumbed a couple of days ago.

He was taken to a facility in Cherani where he was told he had no liver ailment, but possessed by demons. The victim was constrained to the facility and another building for 26 days and denied food or medicine, charging Rs 10,000 a day as fee.

Even a pill for cold was denied, saying it was against religious beliefs. The healer and three others stopped him while trying to flee. He was called ‘devil’ at the facility, the message reveals. The victim became too weak to walk by the time he was sent home after his condition worsened.

The victim broods over his fate in the messages sent to the friend in Jiddah and urges strict action against those responsible.

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