Fake pir's treatment kills woman
A woman died and two of her family members fell sick allegedly due to drinking "blessed water" from a pir (spiritual healer) in Sylhet city yesterday.
Deceased Syeda Marufa Rifat, 20, was the daughter of late Abdul Mukit and lived with her mother Siddiqua Akhtar Chowdhury and two brothers on Electric Supply Road at Ambarkhana.
Sources said the mother and daughter along with Siddiqua's brother Ishtiaque Chowdhury yesterday went to local pir Tofura Begum. They drank the "blessed water" and fell sick.
Police, on information, sent them to a local hospital and then to Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital where doctors declared Rifat dead, family sources said.
Rifat passed the HSC exams this year and was about to enrol in a university.
Tofura is on the run.
Officer-in-Charge of Sylhet Police Station Khondaker Naoroj Ahmed told The Daily Star that four people including two aides of Tofura and the house help of the victim were picked up for quizzing.