THANE: Investigations into the suicides in a forest near Chanda village have revealed that there was a fourth boy who rescued himself from the occult practice. Prima facie the suicides were part of a practice that they would become powerful and as good as immortal and would come down on new moon, on November 14, said a senior officer.
The deceased were Nitin Bhere (35), Mahendra Dhubhele (28) and his nephew Mukesh Ghavat (22). There was a fourth pink sari hanging from the tree, for the boy who fled. His claims are being verified. An officer said Behere was a self-proclaimed godman who was suspected to have been practising occult for few months. They stayed away from society and did not participate in social events organised in their village. Police have ruled out homicide for now, based on the boy’s statement.
“Behere took four saris from home. Initially, they drank alcohol under the tree. Behere told them that once they wrapped the sari around the neck, their power will be boosted and they could come down easily,” the officer said. “So far we have not found anything incriminating pointing to black magic but Behere was very religious,” said a police officer. Police recovered country liquor and cold drink bottles and edibles from the spot.
The three were missing since November 14 and their families registered a missing case with Shahpur police. Their decomposed bodies were found on Friday.