9-year-old Bolangir boy was beheaded in ‘human sacrifice’: Police

Bolangir: Police today claimed to have cracked the mystery behind the brutal murder of a 9-year-old boy whose headless body was recovered from near Sudhimunda canal in Bolangir earlier this week.

According to police, the boy identified as Ghanshyama Rana was beheaded as part of a human sacrifice ritual performed by his uncle Kunja Rana and cousin brother Sambhaban Rana. Both the accused have been arrested while the knife used in the crime and a motorcycle have been seized, police said.

Sources said the boy was scarified for ‘Tantra’ sadhana by both the accused.

“As the incident occurred during Dussehra, we had started investigation suspecting it to be a case of human sacrifice. Later, during investigation we found that Sambhaban was missing from his house. During interrogation, he confessed to the crime,” said Titlagarh SDPO, Saroj Mohapatra.

It is pertinent to mention that the deceased Ghanshyama alias Mithun had reportedly gone missing from his house at Sindhikela on October 13 and his family members had filed a missing complaint the next day.

Police subsequently recovered the headless body of the minor boy after two days of search operation on October 16. Later, the head of the deceased was recovered from a separate place.