Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Death sentence for Jajpur tantrik (Odisha)
By Amulya Kumar Pati in Jajpur
District and sessions judge Jivan Ballav here today awarded death sentence to 30-year-old tantrik Pitambar Gaipei for sacrificing eight-year-old Srikant Bag in the district's Damodarpur village in 2010.
Jajpur, Aug. 4: District and sessions judge Jivan Ballav here today awarded death sentence to 30-year-old tantrik Pitambar Gaipei for sacrificing eight-year-old Srikant Bag in the district's Damodarpur village in 2010. The murder came to light after police had found Srikant's beheaded body from a nullah at Icchanagarpatana, a village near Damodarpur, on February 13, two day's after he went missing. The child's head was found buried near the tantrik's house along with some religious offerings. Pitambar, a resident of Icchanagarpatana village, had slit the child's throat and pierced the body with a sharp weapon.
He had sacrificed the boy to propitiate gods to bring good fortune to the area, he had subsequently confessed to the police. According to court records, on the night of February 11, 2010, Srikanta had accompanied his father to Icchanagarpatana village to witness an opera. The accused had lured the child by offering him chocolates when he had stepped out alone to answer nature's call during the opera show. He later took the child to his house and killed him before the idols the same night. After failing to trace him, the boy's father Ram Bagi had lodged a complaint with the local police the next day.
After it found Srikant's headless body on February 13, the police raided Pitambar's house and recovered the boy's severed head. But the tantrik had managed to escape. Following a hue and cry, the police nabbed him on February 18. The court had examined 22 witnesses before delivering the judgment today. Public prosecutor Kishore Kumar Kar said the accused deserved capital punishment. "This was a heinous crime. The accused had killed a minor boy in cold blood out of blind (superstitious) belief," he said.
Source: https://www.telegraphindia.com/india/death-sentence-for-jajpur-tantrik/cid/1480089 (Accessed on 18 December 2018)