Shopian Peer claims to have cure for all
Police registers case against 20-yr old Thappad baba
Shopian, Apr 11: Name any disease or disorder and this young boy claims to have cure for all. People in droves have been thronging the young Peerbaba, Amir Ahmad Wagay, 20, in a remote hamlet of Amshipora in this south Kashmir district to get various ailments treated.
“I have been sent as a messiah for the people. I can cure all the diseases which the medical science has failed to,” says Amir wearing jeans and a T-Shirt.
Patients suffering from cancer, polio- myletis, dermatological, gastroenterological, and orthopedic or sex related problems can be seen visiting this young Peer Babha who claims to have the remedy for all because of his spiritual power.
Peerbaba is commonly known as “Thappad Baba” as his remedy for any disease starts with slapping the patient to thrashing him mercilessly and also banging him on the ground from a good height.
From last few days the “Peer” has gained lot of popularity as people from remote areas and different parts of the Valley have been thronging his house for consultation.
At least 500 people visit the young Peer everyday and his followers charge Rs 20 for lunch or dinner for which they also get a token.
Though many claim to have recovered after consulting the “Peer” but others believe that the youth claiming to cure all the diseases is haunted by ghosts.
A youth Shiraz Ahmad Wagay , stricken by the polio since his birth claimed that he recovered completely after visiting Thapad Baba..
“I was stricken by the polio in my left leg since birth and was not able to walk properly. But after visiting Peer sahib I recovered and now I am able to walk with out crutches,” said Shiraz adding what the doctors could not do in decades he did in a moment”.
Another patient, Hilal Ahmad Mir, whose both the legs were paralyzed claims to have shown some improvement.
“On the very first visit I have improved a lot. Peerbaba advised me to take complete bed rest for 25-days,” he said.
However, many believe that the youth is haunted by the ghosts. “Before claiming to be a Peer his father would everyday take him to doctors and Peer babas. He was admitted in a hospital in Srinagar a month ago and after being discharged from there he started claiming to have gained the spiritual power.”
After seeing the Peer mercilessly thrashing an ailing 4-year old child, on a TV channel police registered a case against him. “We received the information about the Peer claiming to cure all the ailments by beating people much earlier. However, we kept in mind the controversial nature of the matter and preferred to remain silent. But after we saw him beating the child on TV we were left with no other option but to register a case against him,” said Superintendent of Police (SP), Shopian Shahid Mehraj.
He said that the manner in which the Peer was seen thrashing the child could prove dangerous for a human being. Keeping that in view we registered a case against him under Section 107.
Lastupdate on : Sun, 11 Apr 2010 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 11 Apr 2010 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 12 Apr 2010 00:00:00 IST
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