Two Muslim individuals were caught in a town of Chattisgarh when they could not chant the Gayatri or Mahamrityunjaya Mantra when the police intercepted the duo in saffron robes. The two Muslim men were loitering around in Gurur of District Balod of Chhattisgarh. Subjected to probing questions, they admitted they were Muslims.
The Muslim men confessed they were Jhagroo's father Musafir Jogi and Yaad Ali alias Male Sajjan, both residents of village Nevada, Thana Patti, Pratapgarh, Uttar Pradesh. The police produced them in the court after slapping them with charges under restrictive sections. The court sent them to judicial custody.
An informed had tipped off the Gurur police station that two people in saffron robes were roaming around the town, looking suspicious. The police caught both of them near a bus stand and took them to the police station for questioning.
Investigating officer Vishwajeet Meshram said that during the initial phase of the interrogation, both identified themselves as not only Hindu also Brahmin. They said they had been asking people for alms.
The policemwn, who could not believe them, asked them to recite the Gayatri Mantra and Mahamrityunjaya Mantra. They started fumbling and then shut up.
Upon further prodding, police sources said, they admitted to surveying the area to identify children who could be kidnapped.
They confessed they were impersonating as sadhus to avoid being seen as antisocial elements. It is not yet known for whom they were working and whether they are members of a child trafficking gang. Efforts are on to trace their antecedents during their remand.