Witchcraft practitioner sent to judicial custody

An alleged witchcraft practitioner and two others were remanded to judicial custody till January 1 by a local court in connection with a suspected case of human sacrifice of a three-year-old girl.

Last Updated: Dec 18, 2010, 20:50 PM IST

Mangalore: An alleged witchcraft
practitioner and two others were remanded to judicial custody
till January 1 by a local court on Saturday in connection with
a suspected case of human sacrifice of a three-year-old girl.

Kamalaksha Pursha (72), his foster daughter Chandrakala
and accomplice Mahadeva Purusha were produced before the 2nd
Judicial Magistrate First Class here for allegedly causing the
death of victim Priyanka yesterday in a suspected act of
witchcraft.

Magistrate Guruprasad accepted an application filed by
the police and remanded the trio to judicial custody till
January 1.

In Bangalore, the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission
registered a suo motu case against the alleged human sacrifice
and sent notices to the Dakshina Kannada district
Superintendent of Police and other authorities seeking an
immediate report on the incident.

SHRC Chairman S R Nayak said he would decide on the
action to be taken after receiving reports from police and
district authorities.

Kamalaksha and Chandrakala yesterday took Priyanka,
their neighbour`s daughter, to their house on the pretext of a
religious ceremony, police said.

When she did not return, her parents enquired about her
but Kamalaksha told them that he sent the girl back in the
evening itself.

The three-year-old`s body was later found dumped in a
farm.

Enraged over the incident, locals ransacked the house of
the suspects and pelted stones at the Kadri police station,
demanding that the culprits be handed over to them.
Police had resorted to lathicharge to bring the
situation under control.

PTI