If the revelations made by the woman are anything to go by, the agents of Sura Baba handpick beautiful girls and women from among those who visit the ashram seeking solution to their varied problems and persuade them to seek ‘special blessings’ from the Baba in dead of the night.
These women are asked to come near a banyan tree inside the ashram premises at around 2 AM in the night. After taking a specialized bath using water mixed with turmeric and sandalwood paste, these women are asked to wear new sarees and then taken to a room where Sura Baba waits for them. The women agents of the Baba undress these blessing-seeking women in front of the Baba and leave them there only to return at the break of dawn, she said.
The commissionerate police will take Sura Baba alias Surendranath Mishra, head of Jhinti Trahi Achtuta ashram, and his two sons on a five-day remand today for further interrogation.