Nayagaon: A rumour started by a dubious person has created a menace for in Nayagaon village which attracts around 25,000 to 30,000 people a day.
The rumour of the “miraculous healing powers of a Mahua tree” has indeed created a menace as people on oxygen even visit this tree in hope of getting cured, TOI reports.
The Rangers of Satpura Tiger Reserve (STR) would like to get their hands on this individual Roop Singh Thakur a farmer who they suspect has started it.
So far, over 10 lakh people have visited this ‘miraculous’ tree in Nayagaon village in the past two months, with this frenzy increasing by the day.
Surprisingly, old, frail patients being ferried on chairs, hooked to their IV drips are turning up in this region in hope to get healed, treated.
What’s worse, this false rumour has turned serious, as a patient who got himself discharged from hospital on Wednesday for a healing touch had died a few hours later.
According to the sources, this has also become a spot for earning for bootleggers, sellers who can be seen selling coconuts, incense, mineral water, snacks.
What’s more, the tree has become so famous that, its photographs are on sale!
The site which can be reached after a long 3.5 km hike, has become a scene of utter chaos, with litter all around the area with rangers, cops desperately struggling to avoid a stampede and unceasing noise into the midnight hours.
The suspect farmer has Roop Singh has disappeared from the village after claiming that the tree cure him of his limp which the officials believe has been made up by some villagers to make easy money.
Before this man Roop went underground, his interview by an STR beat guard has gone viral.
“I was heading home when this tree pulled me towards it. I was stuck to it for 10 minutes, and when it released me, I could feel a change. I don’t limp any more. I started visiting it on Sundays and Wednesdays, and now I’m perfectly all right,” he is heard saying in the clip.