The rape accused faith-healer Gulzar Ahmad Bhat alias Gulzar Peer who was recently acquitted by a local court received a warm welcome from his followers mostly women in his native Latur Chadoora Shamsabad area of Budgam district.
Reports said that soon after his release, Gulzar Peer didn’t return to his native village and instead preferred to stay at the residence of one of his followers in Srinagar. “Gulzar Sahab arrived to Seminary at Shamsabad on Saturday. He was given a warm reception by his followers mostly women who not only garlanded him but also throw flower petals over him,” one of his ardent followers said adding that there was festive moode and his followers were jubilant.
Addressing his followers at Shamsabad, Gulzar Ahmed Bhat said that he has no personal animosity with anyone and is in no mood to initiate action against those who ‘defamed’ him and implicated him in ‘false case’. “It was a test from God and I succeeded in it,” he said and asked his followers to control their emotions.
Meanwhile, a local from Shamsabad said that all the followers who greeted Gulzar Bhat were not natives of Shamsabad but had come from South Kashmir’s Pulwama and Anantnag district.
Pertinently, Gulzar Peer was arrested on May 25, 2013 on charges of raping four girls at his seminary in the village. A court acquitted him on Thursday after observing that the prosecution had “miserably failed” to prove him guilty.