Nine-year-old boy decapitated by brother and uncle as human sacrifice to "appease" the gods for "fulfilling their wishes"
According to reports, one of the suspects confessed to the murder during an interrogation by the authorities
A nine-year-old boy in India whose decapitated body was found earlier this week was a victim of human sacrifice to the gods, said law enforcement authorities in the state of Odisha.
Police said on Saturday that they have arrested two people — the victim's brother and uncle — in connection to the brutal murder that took place in Bolangir district of Odisha after one of them confessed to the crime.
Saroj Mohapatra, a sub-divisional police officer in Titlagarh, revealed that the accused had sacrificed the boy in order to "appease goddess Durga for the fulfillment of their wishes". Speaking to reporters, Mohapatra said, "We had started investigation suspecting it to be a case of human sacrifice. During interrogation, one of the two accused persons confessed to the crime."
As per police records, the incident took place on October 13 at Sundhimunda village which comes under the jurisdiction of the Sindehekela police station in Bolangir district, NDTV reports.
Family members of the victim, now identified as Ghanashyam Rana, lodged a complaint with Sindhekela police on October 14 - the same day the boy went missing. According to Mohapatra, investigative officers found the decapitated body of the missing minor buried under the sand near the Undei river bank on the outskirts of Sundhimunda village on October 18. The child's head was discovered soon after in the same vicinity.
That said, the accused have now been identified as Kunja Rana, the uncle, and Shobhaban Rana, Ghanashyam's brother. The knife used in the crime, as well as the motorcycle used to abduct the child, have been seized by authorities.
Investigations are on.