Charge Sheet Filed Against Fake Pir

SRINAGAR: Police Saturday filed a charge sheet against a fake ‘godman’ for sexually exploiting girls who were reportedly pursuing a religious course at his seminary in central Budgam district.

The charge sheet against Gulzar Ahmad Bhat was filed after completion of the investigations before the Court of Judicial Magistrate Budgam Saturday and the Judicial Magistrate took cognizance of the case, a police spokesman said.

Gulzar was arrested soon after some girls, who were undergoing “special course” in his Darasgrah at Shamasabad Budgam, lodged a written complaint with Police Budgam regarding sexual exploitation during their studies in the said institute on May 19 this year. Accordingly a case FIR No. 40/13 U/S 376/RPC was registered in PS Khansahib and investigation were set into motion.

“The investigations have been carried out by a team of officers headed by ASP Budgam and during the course of investigations the statements of the victims were recorded before the Judicial Magistrate,” the spokesman said. “The medical examinations of the victims corroborated the commission of offence.”

Besides, police spokesman said statements of the victims and medical examination led the investigating team to collect other corroborating evidences, which clearly establish the commission of offence punishable U/S 376, 109/RPC by the accused Gulzar Bhat and his disciples.

“The investigation reveals in some cases Gulzar Bhat utilized the services of his close women disciples to obtain the consent of innocent young girls by deceitful means,” police spokesman said, adding, “these women disciples used to explain the spiritual benefits of having relation with Gulzar Bhat who according to them had attained the status of spiritual guru.”

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