A three-month-old baby was reportedly murdered by a Hyderabadi couple in a ritual human sacrifice to ward off “evil spirits”.
The incident, which came to light on February 7 when the girl baby’s severed head was found lying on the terrace of a house in Chilkanagar, was investigated by the Hyderabad Police for the last two weeks.
The house below the terrace belonged to a man named Rajashekar, who lived there with his wife.
Rajshekar, a cab driver, repeatedly pleaded innocence to the police, initially told the media that someone had dumped the infant’s head on their roof.
But after forensic analysis of the baby’s blood and blood found in the couple’s house, and interrogation of 40 witnesses, 45 suspects and analysis of footage from around 100 CCTV cameras, the police came to the conclusion that the couple were the ones who murdered the baby.
The head was discovered by a neighbour of Rajshekar before it could be disposed of.
Rajashekar and his wife were undergoing financial and health troubles. On the advice of black magicians, they sacrificed the girl child and performed the “Kshudra Pooja” on the so-called Super Blue Blood Moon, which was the night of the recent lunar eclipse.
The three-month-old baby was stolen by Rajashekar from a couple that lived on the street in Bhoiguda. The child was beheaded by the Musi River and her torso was flung into the water before the ritual.
According to The News Minute, a case has been registered under Section 302 (Murder) and 201 (Causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender) of the IPC.