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Bangladesh's famous 'walking seer' dies

Published on Mar 14, 2014 5:16 AM

DHAKA (AFP) - A Bangladeshi man who for decades walked daily from dawn to dusk in the capital Dhaka, trailed by believers of his supposed healing powers, died on Thursday, police said.

More than 5,000 followers of Julfikar Haider converged on a field in suburban Dhaka where his body was brought to pay their last respects, local police chief Azizul Haq told AFP.

"He was known as Hata Baba (the walking seer). He would rarely speak to anyone but his followers believed he could miraculously cure disease or overcome troubles if they walked with him," Haq said.

Wearing a a traditional Bangladeshi lungi and a robe, the dreadlocked Haider was a familiar sight on Dhaka's busy roads.

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