Human sacrifice in an Indian temple

April 18th, 2010 - 9:07 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work  

kali April 18, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): A beheaded body of a 35 year old man was found outside a temple of goddess Kali in the Birbhum district of West Bengal. Police are investing, what seems to be the case of human sacrifice in rural area of Bengal.

According to Chandan Mukherjee, the priest of the Kajjala Kali Mandir, he had performed puja at the temple last night but when he returned this morning, he saw a body lying just outside the temple. He ran for help after realizing that body was beheaded. Mukherjee later said that he has heard of human sacrifice by tantriks before goddess Kali to attain spiritual power in the district but this is first time that he has seen anything.

Though human sacrifices are banned in India, people living in remote, rural parts, mostly the poor and illiterate, fall under the influence of tantriks in the hope of reversing their fortunes.
Police has found several marks of injury on the severed head, which was smeared with red vermilion. They also found burnt incense sticks and blood splattered near the idol of the goddess along with flowers mainly marigold inside the temple.Without giving any details police said they have detained a tribal villager for questioning.

Opposition leader Samir Kumar Ray criticized the ruling left coalition government which claims to have eradicated social evils and superstition.

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