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    Published On : Thu, Oct 1st, 2015
    National News | By Nagpur Today Nagpur News

    5-year-old boy kidnapped, beheaded for human sacrifice ritual in Andhra Pradesh


    Andhra Pradesh: 
    In India human sacrifice is known as “Narabali” has practically diminished out. These practices have slowly gone out of practice except a few stray incidents where small kids were murdered under the name of human sacrifice in the hope of receiving buried ornaments. In a similar incident, an accused who is said to be in his mid 30s, took the boy from an Anganwadi (child care centre) to his own house, where he performed Puja. He then cut the boy’s head, collected the blood into a vessel and sprinkled it all over his house, they said.

    This five-year-old boy was murdered allegedly by the accused suspectedly as a human sacrifice and as part of a witchcraft-related ritual in Prakasam district on September 30, 2015.

    This gruesome incident took place in the afternoon of September 30 in Pokuru village under Voletivaripalem Mandal, where the accused, Tirumala Rao, was thrashed and set ablaze by locals after the murder came to light, Kandukur Circle Inspector M Lakshman said.

    Police, quoting locals, said Rao, a resident of the same village, killed the boy as part of a witchcraft-related ritual. The incident came to light when the victim’s mother went to the anganwadi. Not finding her son there, she enquired and was told he has gone with Rao, police said. The woman went to Rao’s house along with a group of villagers and found it locked. They broke the lock and found the boy’s body in the house.

    Villagers launched a search for Rao and managed to get hold of him. They tied him to a pole, thrashed and set him ablaze after pouring kerosene, police said. After coming to know about the matter, police rushed to the village and rescued Rao, who was first taken to a local hospital and then shifted to Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ongole, the district headquarters, for treatment.

    Superintendent of Police C Srikant visited the village to get details of the incident. Lakshman said police have filed a case and investigation was in progress.

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