‘With the finding today that Mohammed Ashrafi, is guilty of fraud, the Indian Workers Association (GB) commends Leicestershire constabulary for taking this matter seriously and bringing a prosecution.  It will send a clear warning to others engaged in this type of deception which until now, had largely gone unchallenged,’ said Sital Singh Gill, General Secretary of the IWAGB Leicestershire.  ‘It will also encourage many others to come forward.’

The Indian Workers Association (GB) which was established in the UK in 1938 has campaigned over many decades against fake Guru’s and Baba’s who deceive vulnerable people out of many thousands of pounds, often their entire life savings and have largely escaped punishment.

‘I personally brought the matter to the attention of the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg in a recent meeting, asking for Government to take the issue more seriously and provide public authorities with additional powers to take tougher action,’ said Sital Singh Gill.  ‘It is a credit to Leicestershire Constabulary that it is leading the way for others to follow.’

Detailed Statement: Fake Gurus/Babas, Fraudulent Faith Healers and mystics

We are very much delighted with the Leicestershire Police who did commendable work and took the case of Mohamed Ashriff to the Crown Court and ended the case with a successful conviction. The self-proclaimed spiritual healer has been found guilty of conning victims out of hundreds of thousands of pounds. Mohammed Ashrafi scammed 18 people in Leicester after targeting people with personal problems, illnesses or financial difficulties from a home in Babingley Drive in the city. A jury at Leicester Crown Court convicted him of 15 counts of fraud and one of blackmail after a three-week trial. Ashrafi will be […]

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Asian community and judge praise Leicestershire Police after fake guru conviction

Fake guru Mohammed Ashrafi’s conviction and sentence was met with praise for Leicestershire Police from the Asian community and the judge in the case. The Indian Workers Association (IWA) and the Asian Rationalist Society Britain (ARSB) both issued statements saying they hoped the case would send a strong message to other fake gurus. They urged other victims of Ashrafi or similar con artists to come forward. Sital Singh Gill, secretary of the Leicestershire’s IWA branch, which actively campaigns against fake gurus and babas, said: “These fakes claim to have supernatural powers which can be used to alleviate financial, personal health […]

Welcome to the new home of the Indian Workers Association G.B!

By: Sital Singh Gill Welcome to the new home of the Indian Workers Association in Great Britain on the web! This website will serve as a resource regarding all of our activity and keep the public informed and updated on the issues we are tackling. The Indian Workers Association (IWA) in Great Britain is for those people from the Indian sub-continent who loved their country and actively fought for the release of India from British colonialism. They supported the Indian freedom movement as their aim and succeeded in obtaining support for that cause from many working class British. After independence, an […]

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