SHILLONG: Call it a belief of sorts or greed, some people of Meghalaya still holds on to the superstitious beliefs of dwarves having mystical power to granting anyone who possesses it, with money and riches.
Believe it or not! There are still people who believe that these dwarves with long hair and stout look, still exists amongst human. And this could be drawn to one such incident which happened to the people of Meghalaya, wherein two grown men were lured into a mystical trap by miscreants who claimed to have possessed the bones specimens of Dwarves and offers the same to the duo.
It is likely for the duo to fall if they continue to believe the stories told to us by our ancestors. According to tales, it was said that the dwarves are very fast and difficult to catch. They mostly live in areas where bamboo plantation spreads through acres and acres of land. It was believed if anyone catches a dwarf by its hair (as they were said to have long hair), the one who held the hair can demand any amount of money and riches, and the same will be granted for exchange of freedom. So this is how the story goes …
It is hard to believe that there are dwarves with magical powers living amongst human but the same is not so for other as they still chooses to believe that such a superstition exist till date.
These men identified as Ben G. Langstieh (24) from Mawprem in Shillong and Ilotstar Lyngdoh Lyngkhoi (40) from Mairang in West Khasi Hills received several phone calls on November 26 from persons of Joggipa, Bongaigaon in Assam claiming to offer bones specimens of dwarves, after being made to believe that it would draw money and riches to whoever possess it.
According to the police, the duo responded to the call positively and went ahead to meet these people who offered the specimens. But unfortunately the deal turned sour for the whole thing was a big set up.
After meeting those persons who made the offer, the duo were, however, abducted and taken to a jungle at Chaibari under Chapar P.S where they were confined and a demand of Rs. 5 Lakh was made from the family members for their release.
Accordingly, the family members of the victim reported the matter to the Police in which the Special Cell East Khasi Hills immediately took steps to identify the culprits in collaboration with Assam Police.
Having learnt about the involvement of the police and the fact that the information regarding their identities have already been established and operation was about to be launched, the kidnappers released the two victims.
A case under section 342/384/511 IPC has been registered in this regard.
“The general public is advised not to entertain calls from such people who offer dwarf bones, pillars, old coins as part of the Rice Puller hoax as these are criminal ploys for not only cheating people but vulnerable to those gullible to such beliefs to abduction for ransom,” East Khasi Hills district police chief M Kharkrang said.