Monday, February 7, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Dalit girl's death: Cops suspect human sacrifice, four detained

Dalit girl's death: Cops suspect human sacrifice, four detained
Peeyush Khandelwal, Hindustan Times
Ghaziabad, February 07, 2011

First Published: 23:49 IST(7/2/2011)

The police have detained four persons in connection with the death of
a 16- year-old dalit girl, who was found brutally murdered in a field
in Jadopur area of Pilkhuwa on Friday. Her parents initially lodged an
FIR, alleging rape and murder. However, the parents and villagers
later told the police
that they suspected it to be a case of human sacrifice, which led to
the detention of the four accused.

Speaking to the Hindustan Times, senior superintendent of police (SSP)
Raghubir Lal said the police did not find any blood stains at the
crime scene from where the body was recovered.

"When we further investigated, we found several blood stains on the
walls of a nearby house, which belongs to a tribal family," the SSP

Police said the villagers, after the girl's murder, caught hold of one
Rajendri Kumari, a friend of the victim, who told them that since her
brother Jagdish Kumar had no children after several years of marriage,
he wanted to "sacrifice a young girl to appease the god".

The SSP said police have found some stains on the walls of the tribal
family's house, which were later wiped off by the house owner Sukki
(who goes only by his first single name).

Police said the house owner has denied the allegations and said the
blood stains were a result of the sacrifice of a goat at his place.
Besides, a woman in his family recently gave birth to a child at the
house, he told the police.

The police, however, went ahead with their investigations and tested
the blood stains on the walls with the help of a forensic team, which
confirmed it to be human blood.

"For more confirmation, we have sent the samples for forensic analysis
at a laboratory in Agra. We have also detained four people in this
connection, as the villagers and the victim's parents told us that
they suspected it to be a case of human sacrifice," the SSP told the
Hindustan Times.

Although preliminary post-mortem reports did not confirm rape, two
slides of the vaginal swabs have been prepared for further testing,
police said.

Police have detained Kalwa, Gajia, Santa and Sukki, all members of a
scheduled tribe family.

"Jagdish Kumar is absconding and we are waiting for a confirmation
from the the forensic laboratory before formally arresting them," the
SSP said.

Police also said they have received letters from the SC/ST Commission,
seeking strict action into the incident.

"We have already apprised the state police authorities and the Chief
Minister's Office about the incident and our investigations," the SSP


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