It took the daring of the IPS officer Neetu Kamal to end age-old superstitious beliefs of gullible villagers.
Kamal, who is the SP of Mungeli district in Chhattisgarh, walked barefoot on burning coal to prove to the people of Bhatgaon that there is no such thing as black magic or miracles.
In the internal areas of Chhattisgarh, quacks and black magicians exploit the uneducated villagers using such tricks. The administration, therefore, decided to launch an awareness drive to educate the villagers and tell them that there is a science behind what they think is black magic. They called in experts from Nagpur – Akhil Bhartiya Andhshraddha Nirmulan Samiti – who displayed the science behind the ‘magic tricks’ of tantriks (black magicians).
The villagers were shown the truth behind the trident stabbing the tongue, blood oozing out from lemon, etc.
But it was Kamal’s walk on the burning coal which left every villager shocked. It so happened that the authorities invited any of the villagers to take the walk. When none of them volunteered, SP Kamal decided to do it herself.
She poured water on her feet and swiftly walked over the burning coal.
Kamal later said that she was a bit scared but decided to walk because “it was my duty to take initiative and show that it’s nothing beyond human’s reach”. Bilaspur range IG Vivekananda Sinha, too, walked on the coals. He said that following the ‘coal walk’ by the police officers, school girls and locals too dared to walk.