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Men Follow Suspected Spiritual ‘Scammers’ In Search For Child

“I think the two men who have come down from Labasa as religious leaders are scamming the people of Qila,” Mr Hussein said.
25 Nov 2021 13:19
Men Follow Suspected Spiritual ‘Scammers’ In Search For Child
Chiraag Murti, 7, is still missing. He is pictured here with his father, Shyam Murti.

Potential misguided beliefs in the supernatural have led almost 30 men following instructions from so-called spiritual leaders brought into the search for seven-year-old Chiraag Murti in Qila Taveuni.

Chiraag has now been missing for 14 days and the search for him continues. Qila resident Mohammed Hussein said residents in Qila had pitched in money to pay for a spiritual leader who would guide them to where the child was.

“I think the two men who have come down from Labasa as religious leaders are scamming the people of Qila,” Mr Hussein said.

“For the last three days or so, they have led groups of 30 people into the jungle and made them jump into creeks and drains for the child.

“One will sit down in a home in Qila and give instructions to another on the phone. And when the child is not found, the excuse would be that someone had consumed alcohol or smoked marijuana that’s why their prayers were not working.”

Mr Hussein said he would be lodging a Police complaint.

Other neighbours have testified that the Murti children had been neglected, as their father would be away at work in the farms while their mother would lock them up and go look for coconut fronds or pick chillies for neighbours.

They said the Chiraag and his twin Chahal would roam around their house with just a shirt on.

The boys’ father Shyam Murti has not denied this. He said two years ago he had visits by officers from the Social Welfare Department and they warned him.

“I told them to take my boys and put them in the care of the state because I was busy working and my wife had a mental illness,” Mr Murti said.

“Had they done that, my son would not have gone missing.”

Meanwhile the search for the missing child continues by the Fiji Police Force and residents of Qila.

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