Fake Dervish Remanded To Police Custody

We have solid proof against accused: Police

BUDGAM: Police has launched a massive hunt to nab close aides of self-styled Darvish Gulzar Ahmed Bhat of Latur Chadur (Shamsabad) and has so far detained two of his disciples. 

Gulzar Ahmed Bhat aka Syed Gulzar (42) was meanwhile remanded to police custody for 15 days on Wednesday. “Our case is very solid. We are waiting for more clues and hopefully we will uncover everything within next few days,” a top police official said adding that most of his close aides were on the run.

Self styled Dervish, whose promotional ads have been appearing in several leading Srinagar dailies for past several years, was arrested by police on Tuesday for repeated sexual exploitation of young girls on the pretext of 'purifying' them at an institute he ran, police said on Tuesday. 

Gulzar Bhat who ran a residential institution for girls which offered short duration courses in religious studies in Khansahab area  was arrested for several cases of rape and misconduct, police said.

Sources said that police raided the centres run by accused at Khag, Khansahab and Nendwanpora. Large contingent of police and CRPF was deployed in and around Jamia Masjid, Nendwanpora and Shamsabad where the accused frequently used to visit. 

A police official said police and CRPF contingents were deployed as a precautionary measure. Police has seized important material from these centres.

SDPO Khansahab said that apart from the accused, police arrested his two close aides, including his cook. He identified them as Abdul Gani Ganaie from Yarikalan Chadoora and Bashir Ahmed Mir from Zakoora, Hazratbal. 

Police sources said that all his close aides were on the run and were evading police. “We are looking for his close aides. We hope people will come forward voluntarily and help us to unearth everything,” police official said.

Earlier Wednesday, Gulzar Ahmed Bhat was produced before the court and which remanded him to police custody for 15 days for further questioning. “We have solid evidence against the accused and our case is very solid. We could easily produce a Challan against him in the court of law, however the nature of the case is such that there is an ample scope for further revelations,” Sub-Divisional Police Officer Khansahab, Bashir Ahmed said. 

SHO, Khansaheb said that medical examination conducted on the victims has appeared positive. “There is no such thing that the accused is not involved in exploiting innocent girls. He is fully involved and there is no doubt about it,” one of the police officers said. 

Sources said that police was looking for the trio who had recently parted their ways from the accused. They included Imtiyaz Ahmed Sofi from Rainawari, Mohammad Irfan Ganaie from Nawakadal and Irshad Ahmed from Nowgam. “We can question these persons thoroughly but we hope they will come forward voluntarily before police and reveal everything,” a police official said.

Sources said that police was also looking for close aides of the accused identified as Reyaz Ahmed from Nundresh Colony Bemina, Showkat Ahmed Jan from Rainawari and Mudasir Ayaaz Kaloo from Rainawari presently residing in Kralpora.

Meanwhile a staunch follower of the accused on condition of anonymity termed these allegations baseless that one of the disciples of the accused after seeing him in compromising position with a girl left the Centre along with his other supporters and exposed the real face of Darvish. “Imtiyaz Ahmed Sofi was serving ‘Peer Baba’ (accused) from last 12 years. When ‘Peer Baba’ (accused) launched a centre for women and girls at Shamsabad, Sofi wanted to control that centre. It was a power game but Peer Baba (accused) did not give heed to his demand and appointed few women including Gazala, Zarina, Jabeena, Naseema and others as the in charges of the centre. Since then he left the centre and conspired against the Peer (accused),” he said. 

Gulzar Ahmed Bhat was arrested after girls recorded their confessional statement before the Court of Sub-Judge in Budgam.

The confessional recording of a victim reveals that Gulzar Bhat used to lure girls and woman and later on with the help of his cronies assaulted them sexually. 

A victim from Pampore said that there were about 500 girls staying in that centre and every new entrant was being motivated and guided by one Shakeela Bano from Lolipora. 

She claims that after her entry into Gulzar’s religious centre, Shakeela took her in a room and advised her to serve ‘Peer Sahab’ by heart if she wants to get rid of her miseries. 

Another girl Sumi from Hanjivera was also active in motivating girls to serve Gulzar. 

A prominent local cleric Molvi Mohammad Amin said that scores of girls approached his organization World Khatme-Nubuwat Movement. “We were shocked after girls made startling revelations.

Amin alleged that Gulzar would manipulate the verses of holy Quran to motivate girls into sex. He alleged that Gulzar has so far raped nearly 200 girls in his hostel.

One Noor Mohammad, who served as Gulzar’s Aamir-e-Aala lured me to the centre. “I was asked to enter ‘Hujra-i-Pak’ (Gulzar’s personal chamber). As I entered, Molvi Gulzar ordered me to shut the door. He looked into my eyes and said,” Marriage is not important for the propagation of religion. Where ever I will touch you, that part of the body will not burn in Hell. Mein noor houn tum aag ho, noor aag say miley ga to poora noor ban jaey ga. Then he looked at me with scary eyes and I lost my conscience, my eyes were watching everything but my body was unconscious when he took me to the bed,”  said victim from Pampore.

One of the victims claimed that Gulzar had turned that centre into a sex-den. This ‘beast’ used to exploit girls every night. He had started two months ‘religious’ course and was claiming to be a prophet,” she said.

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