Tura, May 5: The deputy commissioner of West Garo Hills, Pravin Bakshi, today issued a ban on occult practices.
“Such people have been posing a threat to society with their open worship of Satan. They have been destroying property for which they can be booked and the desecration of graves is something that was unheard of. We want to preempt any illegal activities,” said Bakshi.
Issuing the order, the official said, “The ban will be for West Garo Hills district. They pose a threat to society as most of them generally work under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Taking these things into cognisance, we have decided to put a blanket ban on devil worship. These would include graffiti and tee-shirts and strict vigil is being kept.”
Devil worship came to light in the Garo hills about two weeks ago with the arrest of 16 youths from Matchakolgre locality. They were practising Satanism in the graveyard at midnight. Youngsters between 13-18 years of age are involved in such practices.