In a macabre incident, a man abducted the nine-year-old son of an acquaintance, killed him and ate his body parts to acquire “special powers” to recover “hidden treasures”. The incident took place at Wardha on November 8 but the accused was arrested on Friday. Five more persons were arrested on Sunday for allegedly encouraging the main accused to carry out the heinous act.
Uttam Pohane, Ankush Giri, Suresh Dhanore, Dilip Bhoge and Dilip Khamkar were remanded in police custody till November 20.
District Superintendent of Police Anil Paraskar told The Indian Express that the accused Asif Shah alias Munna Pathan, an auto-rickshaw driver, abducted the nine-year old boy, a student of Class IV, from the Wadar Vasti area in Wardha on November 8 and choked him to death near a desolate ground.
He then removed the boy’s eyes and kidneys and took them to a remote Hanuman temple outside the city where he cooked them and ate before performing the puja.
A week ago, an eyewitness informed the police that he had seen the child with Pathan. On being grilled, Pathan spilled the beans. “He said he did it to acquire special powers to recover hidden treasure. He said he needed the power to loosen the grip of ghosts’ guarding the treasure,” Paraskar said.
The officer added that the five others arrested in connection with the incident were in touch with Pathan for the past one month and had encouraged him to kill the boy, saying human sacrifice was necessary to recover the “hidden treasure”. “They had even taken him to a place for recovering the hidden treasure,” said Paraskar.
Paraskar added, “Pathan was known to the boy’s father as he used to frequent the area, where the Mules lived. People also knew he was a mantrik and that he practised black magic.”
Forty-year old Pathan is a father of three children himself. The Mules have a son and a daughter besides deceased Rupesh.