AHMEDABAD: BJP MLA from Gujarat Vasan Ahir has demanded a probe against the controversial 'godwoman' Radhe Maa in connection with a case where seven members of a family committed suicide.
"I have written a letter to the Minister of State for home Rajnikantbhai Patel and the Director General of Police P C Thakur yesterday seeking investigations against Radhe Maa in the case of suicide at Ningal village in Anjar tehsil of Kutch," said Ahir.
Ahir represents Anjar in the Gujarat Assembly, and is also the 'parliamentary secretary' for social justice in the state government.
"Seven members of a family in my constituency were lured by Radhe Maa with the help of two others, promising them a place in heaven (after death) if they became her disciples for life by paying more than Rs one crore," Ahir said.
The family sold its entire agricultural land and gave Rs Rs 1.35 crore to the godwoman. But they eventually realised that they had been duped, and committed suicide, he said.
Kutch police registered a case against Sonal Ahir of Jamnagar district and Delhi-based religious preacher Balramdasji Maharaj, but Radhe Maa's role was not probed thoroughly, he alleged, adding that his friend Ramesh Joshi had also filed a complaint with Mumbai police in this regard.
Raghu Jaru(32), his wife Laxmi(30), Raghu's brother Lakhu (30) and his wife Kanku (28) committed suicide by hanging themselves after poisoning and killing Lakhu's son Shaswat (4), daughter Prachi (5) and Raghu's son Shyam (7) in March 2014.
According to the neighbours, the family was extremely religious.
Sukhvinder Kaur alias Radhe Maa, a self-styled godwoman, is facing a case of abetting harassment for dowry in Mumbai, where a court today refused her pre-arrest bail.