Four Months, Two Exorcists Murdered in UP: Do we have too many exorcists or is this a serial killer?
This is the second instance of exorcists being attacked in the state of UP over the course of the past four months. Do you believe in coincidences?
News outlets all over India are running the same headline right now: 60-year-old exorcist shot dead in UP's Muzaffarnagar.
Read that again: An elderly man, whose identity rested on the fact that he performed exorcisms, has just been shot dead in India.
Not to take away from the seriousness of the fatality, but we have to ask: Seriously? We still have professional exorcists?
Reports state that Sufi Abdulsalam, a 60 year old professional exorcist, died today of gunshot wounds after an unidentified, youthful assailant barged into his house and fired at him at close range.
He was shot in his chest by the assailant, who then ran out of the house.
The supernatural senior citizen was rushed to the district hospital where he was declared dead, according to police.
The body has been sent for post mortem and an investigation is underway, they said.
Here’s the truly strange part: This is the second instance of exorcists being attacked in the state of UP over the course of the past four months.
Do you believe in coincidences?
On September 2, 2019, in UP’s Allahabad, an unidentified youth approached Lalta Prasad. Prasad, a 40 year old man, had spent the last decade working as an ‘on-call exorcist’. The youth asked Prasad to accompany him to an adjoining village for an exorcism. Prasad agreed, and got on the youth’s bike to head to the village.
This was the last time Prasad was seen alive.
According to reports from the Superintendent of Police, when the pair on the bike reached a bridge, the youth asked Prasad to get off the bike. As soon as Prasad alighted, the young man shot him in the chest, at close range. He immediately fled the spot.
Nearby villagers, hearing the gunshots, ran to the bridge. The found Prasad, but it was too late - he was declared dead on arrival when taken to a hospital.
The police then lodged an FIR in relation to the incident and formed a team to investigate the case.
Again, here’s where this story gets strange - During interrogation, the family members of the 40-year-old deceased said that they had been seeing a man lurking near Prasad's house for three days.
A police officer familiar with the case said, "It is clear that the man was doing a recce with the intent to kill. We are probing his motive."
More than four months later, no arrest has been made yet and further investigation is underway.
The modus operandi in both cases have a few parallels: Both murders occured in Uttar Pradesh, the exorcist's home has been identified and screened by the attacker in both cases, the attacker has premeditated and planned both murders, and the attacker has been an unidentified young man in both cases.
Could we have an exorcist serial killer on our hands?