Police said the victim was hit by a boulder and later his body was burnt.   |  Photo Credit: iStock Images
- Police said the victim was hit by a boulder and later his body was burnt.
- Police have registered a case and sent the body for post-mortem.
Tirupati: A body of an unidentified man was found in Tungabhadra project high level canal near Unthakal village in Anantpur district of Andhra Pradesh on Thursday.
The man was allegedly brutally murdered. Police said the victim was hit by a boulder and later his body was burnt.
Suspecting it to be a case of human sacrifice, police said it found traces of special tantrik punja at the crime scene. The killing coincided with the new moon (Amavasya) on Thursday, according to a report in Times of India.
Cops have recovered turmeric, vermilion and other puja items giving rise to the suspicion that the man may have been killed as part of human sacrifice.
A large number of people gathered at the site after news of the suspected human sacrifice went viral.
Police have registered a case and sent the body for post-mortem.
In a similar incident in October 2019, a 10-year-old boy was allegedly sacrificed by his uncle following the advice of a “tantrik” in Bhagalpur district of Bihar.
The accused, Shivnandan Ravidas, who did not have any children, was told by local tantrik Vibhash Mandal that his need for an offspring would be fulfilled if he sacrificed a child belonging to a close relative during the Kali Puja.
The man took his nephew under the pretext of buying him firecrackers and slit his throat. The child’s body was found from a heap of bamboo shafts in the village.