Vadodara police on Friday arrested two of the nine shamans booked for allegedly cheating a family of six from Sama area of Vadodara that attempted mass suicide on March 3, leading to the death of five of them, from two locations in Rajasthan.
One of the accused is a tailor by profession, who took Rs 4 lakh for a ritual to turn the fortunes of the family of Narendra Soni (58) who died after consuming poison-laced drink, and later declared himself “dead”. A local court Friday rejected the anticipatory bail plea of five other shamans who are accused in the case.
The two accused have been identified as Gajendra Bhargav, arrested from Khinchar village of Nagra taluka of Rajasthan and Sitaram Bhargav alias Sahil Vohra from Kuchera village.
According to officers of the Sama police station, who are investigating the case, eight shamans who “duped” the family are linked to Vadodara based Hemant Joshi, who…