Beheaded body in Kali temple; not case of human sacrifice: Cops
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Last Updated: Friday, April 16, 2010, 00:15
Bolpur (WB): A nude, beheaded body of an unidentified man was found today in a Kali temple in Birbhum district but police said it did not appear to be a case of human sacrifice even as it arrested a man in this connection.

The head was found at a distance from the torso near the sacrificial block at the temple at Donaipur village where Kali puja was held last night, Birbhum Superintendent of Police Rabindranath Mukherjee said.

The priest, Chandan Mukherjee, who had conducted the puja till 10:00 pm last night at the temple, found the body when he entered it this morning and informed police, he said.

Blood was found on the sacrificial block and on the platform underneath a ceramic portrait of Goddess Kali.

"There were wounds all over the body, pointing to great brutality during the killing, which would not have been the case had it been a case of human sacrifice," he said.

A police dog scented blood in a bush about 25 meter away from the temple, Mukherjee said, adding, the canine then followed the trail to the house of a villager, Lalchand Hansda, who was arrested.

"It is possible that the victim was killed elsewhere and the body placed in the temple to throw investigators off the scent and make it look like human sacrifice," he said. PTI


First Published: Friday, April 16, 2010, 00:15

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