6-yr-old gangraped, lungs removed for alleged black magic ritual in UP

Parshuram had paid two men to kidnap the girl and remove her lungs for an occult ritual, which he believed would help his wife give birth to a child, police said

UP police
he accused have been charged under the IPC and POCSO Act | Representative Photo: PTI

In a horrific incident in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur, a six-year-old girl was gangraped and killed, and her lungs were extracted from her body by the killers for performing black magic, said the police on Monday. Her body was found in a forested area on Sunday morning.

The killers, Ankul Kuril, 20, and Beeran, 31, were arrested on Sunday while key conspirator Parshuram Kuril was held on Monday. Parshuram’s wife was also detained by the police due to the apprehension that she knew about the incident but didn’t tell anyone about it.

Parshuram had paid his nephew Ankul and friend Beeran to kidnap the six-year-old and remove her lungs for an occult ritual, which he believed would help his wife give birth to a child, said police. Married in 1999, they did not have any child so far, he told the police.

ASP (Rural) Brajesh Srivastava said Ankul and Beeran, who were heavily drunk, abducted the minor girl while she had gone out of her home in Bhadras village on Saturday night to buy firecrackers. They took her to a nearby jungle, where they raped her before killing her.

Parshuram initially tried to mislead the police, but after facing intensive interrogation, he broke down and confessed to his crime, he added. The accused have been charged under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

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Kanpur DIG Preetinder Singh had said forensic experts and sniffer dogs were pressed into service to gather evidence to confirm if she was killed in an act of black magic. Her body was located on Sunday morning and her slippers and clothes, were found near a tree.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed officials to take strict action against the accused. Besides ordering a financial help of ₹5 lakh to the family, he has said the would be heard in a fast-track court so that the accused are punished at the earliest.

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