A video of an accused in a black magic case, dancing and entertaining Charminar MLA Syed Ahmed Pasha Quadri and Hyderabad police officers went viral on social media on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, the South Zone police conducted a cordon and search operation across old city and arrested 16 persons who were duping people by claiming to be practitioners of black magic.
The New Indian Express reported that Anwar Hussain, one of the accused claimed to be a close relative of Charminar MLA Quadri and requested the police to let him go.
The report adds that when the MLA visited the DCP office, he was surprised by Anwarâ€™s disco outfit. When asked why he was wearing the outfit, Anwar replied that he was a disco dancer and he performs stage shows at functions.
To prove his point, the accused went on to perform to the tune of 'disco dancer' in the presence of the MLA and the cops. He later also accepted that he claimed to be a close relative of the MLA only to get out of custody.
The Times of India earlier reported:
By claiming to know the exact locations of treasure troves from Qutub Shahi era in the city, Disco Baba used to con gullible people. When middle class or upper class people approach him to solve health related problems, Disco Baba would immediately suggest that a treasure trove in their houses was the cause of all maladies.
"By posing to perform special rituals to unearth treasure troves, Disco Baba used to plant fake gold bars at victim's houses and collect lakhs of rupees from them.He duped one Syed Iftekar Hussain of Riyasatnagar and his relative to the tune of Rs 45 lakh in this manner," a police officer told TOI.
Watch the video here.