In what seems to be a case of ‘human sacrifice’ or ‘witchcraft’, the physique of a seven-year-old boy was present in a neighbor’s cabinet on Tuesday in Malko village close to Lambra on the Jalandhar-Nakodar highway. The arms and ft of the sufferer had been tied and the mouth was coated with material other than the damage marks on the top.

Gurpreet Chumber, son of the sufferer laborer Ashok Kumar, was finding out within the third grade within the native authorities faculty.

Victim Gurpreet
Sufferer Gurpreet

The physique was discovered from the home of a person named Mangat Ram, who had just lately rented it from a prince.

The scene on the scene instructed that some tantric rituals had been carried out in the home. The objects recovered from the cabinet from the place Gurpreet’s physique was discovered had been two lemons, rooster livers, liquor bottles, inexperienced chillies, flowers, bricks and pictures of a number of youngsters.

Mangat and his spouse had left for Chintpurni on Monday for a pilgrimage and the home was within the custody of their cousin, whose identification the police are but to determine.

In keeping with the data, Gurpreet was final seen in the home with Mangat’s cousin at 8 pm on Monday evening.

The sufferer’s cousin Naresh Kumar stated, “When Gurpreet didn’t return until late within the evening, we thought that he may need fallen asleep. We had been shocked when Mangat knocked on the door of our home at 11 pm and requested if we had the keys to his home.

The cupboard in which Gopi's body was kept.  (HT photo)
The cabinet by which Gopi’s physique was saved. (HT photograph)

Naresh stated he tried to find Gurpreet and Mangat’s cousin within the village, however to no avail. He stated that after someday he (Naresh) and Gurpreet’s father Ashok jumped the wall of Mangat’s home and opened the door. Throughout the search, Ashok discovered Gurpreet’s physique within the cabinet together with his arms and ft tied. He stated Mangat and his spouse additionally managed to flee from the village.

Mangat Ram and his spouse had no youngsters and the couple had taken the home on hire two weeks again.

Gurpreet’s relations stated footage from a CCTV digicam put in exterior a store within the village confirmed Mangat’s cousin giving sweet and biscuits to Gurpreet.

A staff of Lambra police led by Kartarpur Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Bhagirath Meena visited the spot. Submit-mortem was carried out at a hospital and the physique was handed over to the household within the night.

A case of homicide and legal conspiracy has been registered in opposition to Mangat and his unidentified cousin. Each the accused are absconding.

Meena stated, “Until there may be any concrete proof or the confession of the accused, I can’t affirm it as human sacrifice.” He instructed that the boy has damage marks on his head. The reason for dying will probably be recognized from the autopsy report, he stated.

Sixth homicide in two months

That is the sixth homicide within the final two months underneath the jurisdiction of the Jalandhar Rural Police. On July 14, a human torso discovered In a journey bag thrown close to a brick kiln in Mehmadpur village of Adampur. In one other incident, a couple of days in the past, the physique of a lady was present in Chuharwali village.

On July 3, an previous lady was murdered and her granddaughter was kidnapped in Sanora village close to Bhogpur city of the district. The granddaughter was later discovered significantly injured. On the identical day, farmer Sukhdev Singh (46) was murdered underneath mysterious circumstances at a tent in Sangh Dhesian village close to Goraya city within the district.

On June 25, Dera chief Pritam Singh (62) was killed by two gunmen in Barchuhi village of Bhogpur city. Particular Investigation Groups (SITs) are engaged on these circumstances.

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