In a bizarre incident, a six-year-old girl was gangraped, killed and her lungs were taken out from her body in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur district. The body was recovered from a forested area in Kanpur district on Sunday.
Police said that the lungs were removed from the dead body to perform black magic. The girl had gone missing on Diwali night from Ghatampur area. The killers—Beeran (31) and Ankul Kuril (20)—have been arrested on Sunday. Police claimed that the killers removed the lungs from her body and delivered to Parshuram Kuril to perform black magic.
The lungs were removed to perform black magic, believing that it will help a woman give birth to a child, the police said.
Parshuram was arrested on Monday and his wife was also detained due to the apprehension that she knew about the incident, but did not talk about it to anyone, a police officer said.
Parshuram, the key conspirator in the case, initially tried to mislead the police, but facing intensive interrogation, broke down and confessed to his crime. He told the police that he got married in 1999 but did not have a child so far.
He persuaded his nephew, Ankul, and his friend Beeran, to kidnap the girl and remove her lungs.
Ankul and Beeran, who were heavily drunk, abducted the girl while she had gone out of her home in Bhadras village on Saturday night to buy firecrackers, the police said. They took her to a nearby jungle, where they raped the girl before killing her. The accused have been charged under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
UP CM directs strict action against the gangrape accused
Kanpur’s deputy inspector general of police Preetinder Singh said that forensic experts and sniffer dogs were pressed into service to gather scientific evidence to confirm if the girl was killed in an act of black magic. The girl had gone missing on Saturday evening while her family was preparing for Diwali prayers.
The family looked for her in the nearby areas, including the jungle, using flashlights, but failed to locate her during the night, Singh had said, adding that her body was found by some villagers passing through the jungle on Sunday morning, the DIG said. The girl’s belongings, including her slippers and clothes, were found near a tree.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has taken note of the heinous crime and directed officials to take strict action against the accused. He has also said that the trial of the case will be conducted by a fast-track court.
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