Human Sacrifice Case: Did The Accused Kill And Bury More ‘Victims’?
Kochi: The special investigation team (SIT) probing the human sacrifice case in Kerala believes that more than two people have been killed by the accused.
In a horrific case of alleged human sacrifice and cannibalism, three people have been arrested for luring two women into performing rituals for money, brutally killing them, cutting their bodies into many pieces and even consuming their flesh.
The investigators, suspecting more such victims, went to the property belonging to one of the accused Mohammad Shafi on Saturday and dug up the land, at Elanthoor in Kerala’s Pathanamthitta district, to search for possible bodies.
Bhagaval Singh and his wife Laila, the two others arrested in the double murder case, were also taken to the spot along with Shafi as Cadaver specialist dogs and a team of forensic experts searched for bodies being buried in the sprawling 1.5-acre land and other possible clues, Hindustan Times reported.
According to officials, a few bones were recovered from the site, which will be sent for forensic examination.
Though the three accused have not opened up about their other possible victims, officials are of the opinion that they are trying to cover several things, and suspect more killings to have taken place.
NHRC seeks report from state govt within 4 weeks
Meanwhile, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notice to the Kerala government and sought an action-taken report within four weeks.
NHRC said in a letter that it has taken ‘suo motu cognizance’ of media reports that two Kerala women, reported missing by their families, were victims of human sacrifice in a ritual planned by a voodoo practitioner.
“The victims were bound by a common profession of selling lottery tickets,” the NHRC letter added.
“The commission has observed that such incidents cannot be expected in a civilised society, where a human being is killed by another in the name of a ritual without any fear of law. The right to life of both the victims has been grossly violated. The state, being the guardian of its citizens, is responsible for their safety and cannot escape its liability to protect them from such evil practices,” NHRC stated.