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Three Indian 'obeah' men arrested in Antigua

Sandeep Gangadharaiah, Krishna Chennai Madras and Manjunath Govindappa all of India were arrested and charged for being involved in the practicing of Obeah in Antigua. Photo: Times Caribbean Online
Photo from the residence of the arrested Indians. Photo: Times Caribbean Online
Photo from the residence of the arrested Indians. Photo: Times Caribbean Online
Photo from the residence of the arrested Indians. Photo: Times Caribbean Online
Photo from the residence of the arrested Indians. Photo: Times Caribbean Online

ST JOHN'S, ANTIGUA- Police have arrested and charged three Indian men who were reportedly engaged in the illegal practice of Obeah in Antigua & Barbuda.

Sandeep Gangadharaiah, Krishna Chennai Madras and Manjunath Govindappa all of India were arrested and charged for being involved in the practicing of Obeah.

Acting on information, the police armed with Search Warrants, conducted a search on a property occupied by the men, and found several pieces of evidential materials believed to be used in the practicing of Obeah. Two men were immediately arrested and taken into custody. And a third also later arrested and charged. The items found in the search were seized and taken to the Police station pending further investigations into the matter.

The third male suspect allegedly involved in practicing Obeah was arrested and taken into custody and is currently being questioned by the police, following a search of his rented Prince Klass Street property on Tuesday. During the search the police confiscated several pieces of paraphernalia alleged to be used in practicing Obeah.

The Police Issued a Warning in light of the arrests which stated in part: ”It was brought to the attention of the Police Administration that certain individual(s) in the public are engaged in the illegal practices of Obeah, and the like.

In light of this development, the Police Administration wishes to remind members of the general public that it is an offence, for anyone to be engaged in any form of Obeah or any form of Supernatural Practices, or even act as a consultant in such matters; in accordance to the Obeah Act, Cap 298 of the Laws of Antigua and Barbuda."

Under Sections 5, 6,7,8,9 and 11 the Obeah Act, it clearly states that: Every person practicing, or in any way concerned in the practice of obeah, or using any subtle craft, means or device by obeah or otherwise shall be liable to be imprisoned for any period not exceeding 5 years or 12 months as the case may be. The Act went on further to state that any person, who pretends or professes to tell fortunes, or uses any subtle craft, means or device, by palmistry or otherwise, or pretends to cure injuries or diseases ect, has committed an offence the Act.

The police are therefore warning person(s) who may be involved in such illegal practices to desist immediately. Anyone failing to comply will be arrested and charged.

22 Responses to “Three Indian 'obeah' men arrested in Antigua”

  • juice (12/11/2015, 18:16) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    Release these people I say, as they are not practioners of the obeah craft. The only real Obeahsman that lived in recent times was Ran. Their Obeah abilities cannot even compare to the late Ran of Road Town. Ran’s mystical powers were one of a kind, and I am sure these Indian Obeah frauds could have learnt a thing or two from his Highness Ran. Lets petition to have government take down the statute of Sir Oliver George and instead erect a statue of Ran. Ran cured, healed, delivered,and provided prosperity to countless Virgin Islanders! He remains our national Hero.
    • Rupee (12/11/2015, 22:27) Like (4) Dislike (29) Reply
      @juice...I could not have agreed with you anymore. Ran, who was the Patron Saint of Anegada, the Guardian of Long Look, and a philanthropist of the occult to both major political parties, has given his time and service to the people of the BVI, almost free of charge. His sanctuary off main street, which doubled as a place of worship for the faithful was so humble that it sometimes made me wonder why such a simple man wielded such powerful spiritual skills. Needless to say, the practices of humble men like Ran, has helped to bring the BVI together, be it in the Methodist graveyard at night or during prayer meetings at political conventions, Ran helped to glue our society. Alu BVI people need to stop look down pon Obeah and instead embrace your roots openly and proudly.
      • fowl bum (13/11/2015, 11:27) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
        well who is this Ran?, educated our young Virgin Islanders
        • juice (13/11/2015, 23:57) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
          Fowl bum, Ran whom was also know as the Reverend, His Holiness, or more locally as little Jesus, was one of the best Obeah practitioners in recent times based in the Caribbean. Guadeloupe and Haiti had nothing in comparison to the services offered by Ran. This wizard was known specifically for his enchanting spells during election time and for those people hoping to win the Puerto Rican lottery. He was also very good with providing enchanting spells to heal the sick, that was why his Chambers of Wizardry was located right next to the hospital and old folks to ensure that prompt services could be rendered when necessary. Unfortunately, while he offered spells for others, his spells were ineffective when rendered on himself, and as such he lived a very simple life. He eventually died a few years ago from ill health, leaving the people of Anegada at a complete loss, as they procured his services quite frequently and in volume. What is most unfortunate is that Ran was unable to pass his trade unto young local men, especially those seeking vocational training in under-skilled profession in the BVI, as there is a big void of competent obeah practitioners in the BVI, especially Anegada. So next time, you hear or read about someone working obeah, if you want to know if they are worth their salt, just ask them if they knew Ran, and if they don't, seek your enchanting spells elsewhere.
      • Picko (13/11/2015, 14:11) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        Remember when his son had triple shadows in school scare the $$$hit outta ppl
        • Gibson (13/11/2015, 17:50) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply

          Well meeen kno if it is true, but deh school children dem say a few months ago, during festival, a Jamaican man stop by Cills Hardware to give a ride to a well dressed, older, fat man standing on the side of the road, who ad an ominous glow. The man say he was fe going to the queen show. On de way into town, just before the hospital, the jam down say the man got really excited and began mumbling tings about being a Pickering, and pointing in the direction of a little y**** house on the side of the road by the hospital. Them say at that point, this man ask the jam down, if he would mind taking him to Long Look by a Maynard woman. Supposedly the jam down refuse and say that he would drop him off at water front. Well this got the man upset, and he began speaking in demonic tongues, demanding to go see the Maynard woman from Long Look. After the Jam down now stop and tell the man get out of he car, them say them man release a demonic roar and turned into mist. Vanished.

      • conflict (17/11/2015, 09:15) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        If the BVI was such a Christian society why was this Obeah gentleman revered so highly???
  • Obeah (12/11/2015, 19:00) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    Guyanese eh, always know how to make a easy dollar. They will do practically anything possible on this earth... I believe there are some in BVI also...
    • wiser than you (12/11/2015, 20:43) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
      You ignorant fool - if they're from INDIA how can they possibly be Guyanese?? I swear some of you are very ignorant who come on here posting BS....I guess Korean and Japanese are from China huh??
  • GT (13/11/2015, 00:22) Like (10) Dislike (7) Reply
    @obeah, you are so illiterate, if guyanese do obeah here in tola, none of you will not see yre husband's or wife's bank account, that's what we will go after, clean it out clean clean without a trace, so shut the @#÷% up.
  • ndp (13/11/2015, 07:37) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    them would have made a lot of money around elections in the BVI
  • Voter Too (13/11/2015, 08:07) Like (16) Dislike (16) Reply
    @obeah,I understand that you want to say of indian race as there are guyanese of many races whether it be indian, afro/negro,etc. The thing is this seems to be the order of the day as many are practising this thing they call obeah, witchcraft neagarmancy,high science,juju,etc. There are some in SKB too of indian race doing the same thing. Dont know if they have a license but during music festival there I saw the sign in the Fortlands area.My sister even said that it is getting worse everyday and it seems as a tabu has been place on the country and we all need to just look to God for an answer. She further stated everytime you go to them you have to pay and pay more for every visit but when you take it to the Lord in prayer you can go to him anytime and dont have to pay one red cent and you get sure, reliable and longlasting result. Some complain it is too slow but it is so sure and save in Jesus .
  • bvi (13/11/2015, 10:16) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    It got the black Guyanese women too practicing obeah on people husband right here in Tortola, but time longer than twine. When it wears off, it's lick pun licks they getting
  • .......ohhh (13/11/2015, 12:04) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
    @bvi, it seems like a Guyanese woman tek way you husband, don't blame it on obeah, we as woman who come from guyana is very hard working and we know how to keep we house clean, so try keep your fowl pen clean and yre man will stay in. (Cook, wash, clean and give him good @$#%, but obeah.
  • Voter Too (14/11/2015, 07:51) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Oh I forgot to say the chinese, and the indians continue to expand and we continue to bang our mouths while they enrich themselves in many ways. Look around us not only here but in almost every country they venture out and they are not afraid to even if they have to rub the buddha
  • No one (14/11/2015, 10:46) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
    So in Antigua, practicing metaphysical beliefs is illegal? Wow, that country appears more and more like Nazi
    Germany or the USSR. Imprison people for magic type stuff - wonderful. Someone ought to practice extremely
    high level magic on Antigua and dematerialize the stupid place.
  • Hindu (16/11/2015, 20:20) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The photos in the background are photos of Hindu gods. Bananas and fruits and all the things are used in Hindu religious ceremony. The remainder of things- not very sure about.
    I recalled as a student of Indian origin, on a Devali occasion, my friends from Jamaica thought I was involved in Obeah. BTW, I am a graduate of a top university and well established in life.
  • randy (16/11/2015, 22:38) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    The most dangerous combination... Ignorance mixed with a good dose of old fashioned stupidity... Rituals of the oldest religion getting mistaken for obeah,....blows the mind,and some people are allowed to procreate...that's right,keep the stupidity going.
  • Voter Too (20/11/2015, 10:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is sais that these workers of obeah have been deported from Antigua and if so in my opinion that was a foolish move as others are gonna take their place and those who pratcie with these are gonna find them whereever they may go whether iit be SKB, St Maarten , Guadeloupe or even Haiti. These are really the end of times> People are gonna find Christ and others are gonna turn away from him.
  • powerful (21/11/2015, 12:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Antique government should give rights for this Indian astolergers..Bcoz they can help the people by telling fast persent nd can remove bad energy. Dey came to help d country. So you people better WELCOME them.

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