Yearly Archives: 2015

Police, council and community leaders join forces to raise awareness of bogus spiritual healers

Left to right: Merybell Smith, Sital Singh Gill of the Indian Workers Association, Inspector Ben Gillard and University lecturer Dr Harish Malhotra Issued on 6/3/15 at 2:34 p.m. Police, council and community leaders are joining forces to raise awareness about spiritual healers who are conning vulnerable people. On Thursday February 19 Mohammed Umar Ashrafi was jailed for nine years after he was found guilty of 15 counts of fraud and one count of blackmail at Leicester Crown Court. In April 2014 the Force launched an investigation after a victim disclosed how Ashrafi had posed as Kamal Ji, a devotee of […]


‘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.’

1997 Faith Healers Article

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 […]

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 […]