Obeah men arrested in Antigua

ST JOHN’S –– Police have arrested and charged two Indian men who were reportedly engaged in the illegal practice of obeah in Antigua and Barbuda.

Sandeep Gangadharaiah and Krishna Chennai Madras were taken into custody following a search at a rented property on Rowan Henry Street which they occupied. They pair was arrested “for being involved in the practising of obeah”, a police statement said.

Sandeep Gangadharaiah (left) and Krishna Chennai Madras.
Sandeep Gangadharaiah (left) and Krishna Chennai Madras.

The police also said that several pieces of evidential materials, believed to be used in the practising of obeah, were found at the property and confiscated pending further investigations into the matter.

The duo’s arrest followed a public outcry from residents who expressed fears that the presence of a self-proclaimed “Indian astrologer” and “priest” would invite “unwanted evil to the country”.

A day earlier, members of the activist group The Movement visited the business place of the Indian men and told them to “pack up and go”.

Hours before the arrest yesterday, Attorney General and Minister of Labour Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin said the two men, whose advertisements raised the ire of the Christian community and a wide cross section of the populace, had been asked to leave the state.

Benjamin said at the time that the men had been apprehended and would be sent out of the country because they had breached the terms upon which they were made to land in Antigua and Barbuda and had also breached the Obeah Act Of 1904.

“Obeah is against the laws of Antigua and Barbuda. There is an act which indicates that obeah is unlawful when practised in the state and nobody can make an application to practise an act which is unlawful,” the Benjamin told the Observer.

He said: “We do not practise black magic in Antigua and we are going to stamp that out. We are a Christian society and I want to applaud the Christian community which got together and have moved forward to stop this practice.”

The act, to which Benjamin referred, defines “obeah as ordinarily understood and practised, and includes witchcraft and working or pretending to work by spells or by professed occult or supernatural power”.

Source: (Antigua Observer)

4 Responses to Obeah men arrested in Antigua

  1. Tristan John
    Tristan John November 11, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    Serve them right

  2. Donild Trimp November 12, 2015 at 11:27 am

    “Obeah Act Of 1904.”

    What an archaic society, still using the “Obeah Act” to prosecute people.

  3. jrsmith November 12, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    We are a Christian society oh really, obeah is an unlawful practice, but pastors getting ,very ,very rich ,ripping of poor people is okay in the name of God. there is lots of other people who needs arresting, people who is above the law. Forgot ,what about gay white men, mixed marriage, is that legal .

  4. EMBARRASSED November 13, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    I am actually blown away by the stupidity of everyone involved in this story. Did we go back in time?
    On the other hand, Antigua can now be the setting for the newest direct to DVD horror movie. Although VHS sounds more appropriate at the moment…


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