Guwahati, July 7, 2019:
A recent incident in Assam has proven that the need for ‘Science Communication’ is at an all-time high. Moreover, it seems like Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts to digitize the country and make it ‘developed’ in the true sense have been met with futility, as the country is evidently still very much in the clutch of superstitions.
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The incident which occurred in Assam’s Udalguri district has shown a complete failure of these efforts. Eradication regarding superstitions is a must for the betterment of humanity.
A sensational incident happened at Ganakpara village under Kalaigaon Police Station in Udalguri district of Assam on Saturday. According to reports, Jadab Saharia, a science teacher and his family have become victims of superstitions!
Jadab allegedly tried to sacrifice his sister-in-law’s three-year-old child after getting influenced by a self-styled godman (tantric) called Ramesh Saharia.
It was alleged by the locals that the godman has been performing puja rituals at Jadab’s house for the last three years.
And from the last few days, the family have been performing some rituals at their own temple in presence of Ramesh Saharia and yesterday was the last day of the puja. Altogether, eight members were present in the ritual who were fully naked, in a scene straight of the Hollywood horror movie ‘Hereditary’.
The godman Ramesh reportedly hails from Baneikuchi village in Darrang district of Assam. The family set ablaze a newly brought Royal Enfield bike and vandalized a Wagon R car. Even the household goods were vandalized.
The locals tried to intervene, but Ramesh threatened to attack them with an axe. In the conflict, many locals, as well as journalists who were covering the incident, were injured.
The helpless locals called the police and CRPF and after five hours of trial, the team nabbed all members of the family. During the time of arrest, the situation turned volatile and the police had to open fire on them. In the firing, three persons got shot including Jadab and his son Pulakesh Saharia.
All were rushed to the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital; however, Pulakesh later succumbed to his injuries. It was known that he was an MBA student, studying in Bangalore.
As per the information received, a few years back, Jadab’s daughter committed suicide after being allegedly raped and Jadab along with his family were undergoing the rituals to seek justice for his deceased daughter.
Meanwhile, the police have initiated an investigation into the incident.