Fresh brawl over human sacrifice rumors in Mandi as villagers express dissatisfaction with investigation
Meanwhile, a Hindi daily reports, a woman, Bhishma Devi, has appeared alleging the suspected man of offering her money to lure the girl to his house during a ‘pooja’(religious ceremony).
MANDI- The case of human sacrifice rumors in Gohar region of Mandi district, Himachal Pradesh, continues to keep the police and administration on their toes. The case was earlier considered closed as the girl had changed her statement that she had reportedly given in a video earlier. The case has taken a strange twist as villagers on Saturday evening again gathered in front the house of the man alleged of planning the sacrifice of the girl, a class VIII student. The Villagers said that the suspected man had again started work on the pit hole that was suggested as the site of sacrifice by the girl in the video. Villagers suggested that the man was allegedly chasing rumors of a treasure buried beneath the land. They still suspect possible planning of human sacrifice to complete a ritual. The villagers alleged that the police isn’t taking the matter seriously, and is trying to wash its hands-off without proper investigation. The Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Janjheli, had to arrive at the spot to calm down the situation.
A video had started the rumors and chattering in the region regarding possible human sacrifice of a girl child in a tantrik (oculist) ritual. In the video, the girl was reportedly seen and heard narrating the allegations in which she had spoken about visit to the place of possible sacrifice. Now, on the complaint of the mother, the police have registered an FIR against the person who had recorded the video clip. The person was booked under the Section 74 and 75 of Juvenile Justice Act and IPC Section 341.
Earlier, the Child Welfare Committee had taken the statement of the girl and her parents on Friday. Afterwards the girl was handed over to her parents. The authorities believed it was just a rumor. The villagers, however, alleged that the suspected man again started digging a pit.
About six workers involved in construction work at the house were also questioned by the SDM.
Meanwhile, a Hindi daily reports, a woman, Bhishma Devi, has appeared alleging the suspected man of offering her money to lure the girl to his house during a ‘pooja’(religious ceremony). The woman also alleged the man of using false language with her and giving life threats. The daily also reported a scuffle between the woman and the suspected man.
With appearance of the woman and the girl’s refuting from the statement she was seen giving in the said video has created confusion whether the video was just a mischief or a conspiracy due to personal grudges. The SDM has directed the Gohar Police to conduct proper investigation to bring out the truth. The arrest and questioning from the man who had recorded the video is expected to bring out more facts related to the case.