Six held for ‘human sacrifice’ of 9 yr old

Nagpur: A delusional ‘mantrik’ or sorcerer who worked as an autorikshaw driver abducted the unsuspecting 9 year old son of an acquaintance, killed him and ate his body parts to acquire “special powers” to recover “hidden treasures”, before he was arrested last week. Days later police in Wardha, Nagpur, in Maharashtra, India, police also arrested five more persons who had allegedly encouraged the main accused to carry out the horrific crime. 

Asif Shah alias Munna Pathan, abducted 9-year old Rupesh Hiraman Mule, a Class IV student, from the Wadar Vasti area in Wardha on November 8 and took him to a secluded area where he choked him to death.

According to the police, Pathan, 40, himself a father of three, was known to the boy’s father as he used to frequent the area where the Mule family lived. “People also knew he was a mantrik and that he was doing black magic to recover treasures,” said the Superintendent of Police Anil Paraskar.

The Indian Express reports that the accused allegedly removed the boys eyes and kidneys and took them to a remote Hanuman temple outside the city where he cooked the body parts and ate “before performing a puja”.

While the child remained missing, the police had been clueless for about a week, before an eyewitness told them that he had seen the boy with Pathan. During questioning, Pathan confessed to having killed the boy. He was arrested on Friday, 14 November. 

Five more persons were arrested on Sunday, 16 November. These men- Uttam Pohane, Ankush Giri, Suresh Dhanore, Dilip Bhoge and Dilip Khamkar, had been in touch with Pathan for the past one month, and had encouraged him to kill the boy, saying human sacrifice was necessary to be able to recover a hidden treasure. “They had even taken him to a place to recover the hidden treasure,” said Paraskar.

All the five men have been remanded in police custody till November 20.

The Mules have one more son and a daughter.

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