Koraput: In a shocking incident, a man who had been claiming that his 6-year-old daughter was missing from November 21 was allegedly found to have sacrificed her for sorcery in Koraput district.
Police arrested the man from Taupadar village under Patangi police limits in the district, Monday.
The accused has been identified as Banguru Pangi. Police also arrested Pangi’s accomplice Shyama Sundara Biswal for his involvement in the alleged crime.
Sources said, Banguru lodged an FIR at Patangi police station alleging that his daughter was missing from his house from November 21. He had lodged the FIR November 24.
During investigation police had found Pangi’s behavior suspicious. When police asked Pangi about this, he said that his daughter was not good at studies for which in a fit of anger, he slapped her near her ear. As a result of which she died on the spot. In fear, Pangi buried her body in a sack near the Bhiarva temple.
However, police came to know that Pangi was searching for a ‘Hanuman Coin’, for which he was taking Biswal’s help.
When police questioned Pangi again he admitted that he killed his daughter as a sacrifice in sorcery and even his wife helped him in this process.
Police also found materials used to conduct puja near the temple area and vermillion was reportedly spotted on the girl’s head.
Niranjana Behera, Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO), Sunabeda said, “We have exhumed the little girl’s body and sent it to a hospital for post mortem. Further investigation into the case is underway.”