Sambalpur: A woman was arrested by the local police here today after she was caught red-handed while making a human sacrifice attempt in Goudapalli village under Sasan police limits.
Police said, Abhisekh Tripathy (8) was attacked by the woman with an axe when the former had gone to her house with his father. The woman first offered the boy ‘prasad’ and asked him to touch her feet as a mark of respect. When the boy bent down, the woman tried to behead him, but failed in her attempt. The boy received grievous injury as the axe left a deep cut in one of his hands.
Seeing the incident, the daughter of the woman screamed and the boy’s father rushed to the spot and rescued him, police said.
The boy has been shifted to district headquarters hospital and his condition is stated to be out of danger.
Police have started investigation into the matter.