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Toddler found dead, kin allege human sacrifice

A day after a two-year-old boy was found dead near Vaniyambadi, his relatives ransacked the house of a godman on Tuesday after the toddler was found dead inside the water sump at the former’s house.

Published: 09th August 2017 01:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th August 2017 07:30 AM   |  A+A-

) The water tank at godman Ravi’s house at Nimmiymapattu village near Vaniyambadi in which two-year-old Harikesh

By Express News Service

VELLORE: A day after a two-year-old boy was found dead near Vaniyambadi, his relatives ransacked the house of a godman on Tuesday after the toddler was found dead inside the water sump at the former’s house. The relatives believe the boy was sacrificed by the godman.

According to police, Murugan and his wife, both daily wagers left their son Harikesh (2) at his uncle’s house  in Nimmiymapattu village before leaving for work.

A self proclaimed godman Ravi (40) lived next door and was growing tortoise inside a five foot water tank in his house. On Monday evening, Harikesh, who was playing in front of his house, went missing. Past midnight, his body was found floating in the water tank in Ravi’s house. Relatives retrieved the body and performed the last rites.

Around 2.30 p.m on Tuesday, rumours spread that Harikesh might have been killed in an act of human sacrifice as there was a lunar eclipse on Monday. Following this, a group of relatives ramsacked Ravi’s house and also killed the tortoise.  

Alagayam police registered a case and detained three persons. Meanwhile, Ravi is absconding. Police refuted claims of human sacrifice and added it would be difficult to ascertain the cause of death as the body was cremated without informing them which ruled out the possibility of post mortem.

Tough to crack case
Police say it would be difficult to ascertain the cause of death as the boy’s body was cremated without informing them.

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