Self-styled godman arrested in Jajpur

Jajpur: A self-styled godman, who allegedly promised a man riches if he could secure human blood, has been arrested in Jajpur district.

60-year-old godman Duryodhan Ojha, known as Hanuman Baba of Khosalpur village, allegedly advised Sashikant Rout of Sarangapur village to procure human blood for making a talisman if he wanted to get rich, police sources said.

Rout allegedly slit the throat of a wo-and-a-half-year old baby boy playing alone on the village street on October 9 and gave the blood to the Ojha, leaving the infant bleeding profusely, the sources said.

The boy was admitted to the Sishu Bhawan in Cuttack Kuakhia police station inspector-in-charge Bijay Kumar Aich said.

Ojha was arrested yesterday from his ashram at Khosalpur on information provided by Sashikant, who was nabbed a week ago, Aich said.