Koraput: In a horrific incident, a man, who allegedly sacrificed the body of his 6-year-old daughter for sorcery at Taupadar village under Patangi police limits in the district, was handed over to the police by the villagers on 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.
According to sources, Pangi had lodged a complaint with the Patangi police station on November 24 stating that his daughter had been missing since November 21.
Following the registration of the case, police started an investigation and found Pangi’s statement suspicious. During questioning Pangi allegedly admitted to have killed his daughter accidentally. He told the police that he had slapped her in a fit of anger as she was neglecting in her studies. The girl had died accidentally though he never intended to do so.
However, later Pangi tried to feign his ignorance when queried about the circumstances leading to disappearance of the girl’s body following her death.
Sources said even as the police were trying to trace the girl’s body, villagers learnt that Pangi and his associate Biswal had sacrificed the dead body at a nearby Bhiarva temple and buried it afterwards to cover up the incident. They later handed over the duo to the police.
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.”