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UP Man Beheads Fellow Villager to Please Deity; Arrested

Aditya Srivastava

12th October 2020

A man was arrested in Gonda district of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday for allegedly chopping off the head of a 60-year-old man as a human sacrifice to please a 'deity' and hasten his and his siblings' marriage, as reported in Times of India.

(Source: Navbharat Times)

The incident took place in the Colonelganj police circle of the district, and police arrested the accused hours later. Villagers said that Shukla and his five brothers were unmarried, and, last week, a priest had visited them. "The priest had told them if they beheaded an old man in his sleep, their marriages would be solemnised soon. It was to be done to please a deity," one Nathu Ram told the media, according to The Times of India.

SHO, Colonelganj, Rajnath Singh, said that the accused, Uday Prakash Shukla, 25, did not dispute or feud with the victim Baburam or his family. "We are trying to ascertain what prompted him to take this step. A sharp-edged weapon recovered and would be presented as evidence in court," he said, as reported by India TV News.

Singh further said that after the murder, Shukla started making loud noises. He then asked people to get him arrested. "In the lock-up, he kept on muttering some words which could not be deciphered," he added.

During interrogation, the accused told the police that he had no rivalry with Baburam, but had chopped his head off as a human sacrifice to please the deity. Further investigations are underway to find out who prompted the accused to commit the crime.

News Sources: TOI, Sentinelassam, India TV News

Edited by: Sanskriti Airon

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