NIZAMABAD: Was young Saritha’s murder a case of human sacrifice? The girl was found in a pool of blood close to the puja room in her house here on Saturday, raising suspicions of her being sacrificed by her husband. The accused spent a couple of hours with her body before the police entered the scene and took him into custody.
Police found blood stains, some bitter gourd pieces and cut pieces of lemon near the puja room. Also, they found a lamp lit near the deities leading to suspicion that the woman might have been sacrificed.
Saritha (18), who was married to Naveen, a cell phone mechanic, was residing at Yadagiribagh in the town. The couple, who used to have frequent fights over minor issues, were involved in a tiff over a domestic issue on Friday evening.
Saritha’s parents, who reside in the same locality, tried to pacify the duo but Naveen told them to go away and locked the house from inside. Saritha’s parents left the house in the hope that the couple would patch up.
In the mean time, Naveen was playing the music system at a very high volume till early in the morning. This made neighbours suspect foul-play. Among them was a constable, who informed the IV Town police.
Police arrived at the house in the morning and broke open the door only to find Naveen sitting in the house coolly while Saritha was found in a pool of blood. Her hands and legs were tied and throat was slit open, the police said.
Members of Saritha’s family said Naveen used to harass her and perform various pujas in the house.
Police said they are investigating the case from all angles. Naveen has been taken into custody and a case of murder registered against him.