Odisha man kills minor to appease goddess; human sacrifice suspected

Balasore: In a shocking incident, an elderly man allegedly sacrificed a 7-year-old boy to appease goddess with a superstitious belief of getting a grandson at Dhaian Sahi under Bahanaga block of Odisha’s Balasore district.

The killing took place a week ago while the Khantapada police arrested accused Laxmidhar Mallick and detained his son Bhagirathi yesterday.

According to reports, Laxmidhar’s son and daughter-in-law were childless for the last five years after the marriage. A possessed woman relative of Laxmidhar told him to sacrifice a child and assured him that it will result in birth of his grandson due to appeasement of goddess.

An illusioned Laxmidhar strangled a minor boy of the village to death near a pond on the fateful day. He later threw the body into the pond.

During investigation, police had detained Laxmidhar and Bhagirathi for questioning. The accused confessed to the crime while being interrogated by cops.

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