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In a suspected case of human sacrifice, a 11-year-old girl was found murdered with her throat slit in a village under Behta Gokul police station area in Hardoi district Friday morning.
According to police, Anupriya, daughter of Ram Murti, went missing Thursday evening. The family searched for her but she could not be traced until the next morning when her body was found lying in an orchard.
“Her throat was slit with a sharp-edged weapon and a red chunri (scarf) was found lying near the body. The scene indicates that it could be a case of human sacrifice, but the family members of the girl have not alleged so in their complaint,” said Brajesh Tripathi, station officer of Behta Gokul police station. The girl was a student of Class V at the government primary school in her village, Kheria.
He said the family members of the girl have named nine persons from the village who they claimed had enmity with them. He said a few of the accused persons have been taken into custody for questioning.
He said the police are yet to receive the postmortem report, but are looking into all possibilities. The victim and the accused both belong to Dalit community.
Circle Officer Nitesh Singh said they are investigating the matter and declined to comment on the killing being linked to human sacrifice as the investigation is underway. However, he said the material used for worship was found from the spot where the girl’s body was recovered.