ONGOLE (AP): In a shocking incident, a 4 year old boy was beheaded in an alleged human sacrifice in an occult ritual in Pokuru SC colony of Valetivaripallem mandal in Prakasam district on Wednesday.
The kid L Manusagar, son of L Mahendra and Adilakshmi was picked by one Tirumala Rao from Anganwadi centre in the village, where he was studying. When her son had not returned from Anganwadi in the afternoon, worried Adilakshmi went there and was informed by staff that Tirumala Rao had taken the boy with him.
She went to Tirumala Rao’s house to get her boy, but Rao not giving any reply, left the place. Suspecting something wrong, she went inside the house only to find her son’s beheaded body there. The boy’s head was separated from the body and an utensil was filled with blood as an offering to some deity.
On seeing the gruesome incident and lifeless body of her son, Adilakshmi raised hue and cry before fainting there. Hearing her cries, other villagers rushed to the spot and were shocked over finding the body parts of they. They rushed out and after a brief search caught hold of the accused.
He was soundly thrashed by the irate villagers, who later tied him up and set him ablaze, accusing him of witchcraft and murder. Police, who rushed to the village on being alerted of the incident, with help of some villagers rescued him and shifted him to Kandukur Government hospital and later to Ongole RIMS, where his condition was reported to be critical.
District SP Ch Srikanth, Kandukur DSP Srinivasa Rao went to the village and inspected the spot.
Based on a complaint from the victim’s mother, Kandukur police registered a case and took up investigation.