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SHILLONG: Two Border Security Force (BSF) jawans were arrested in Meghalaya's West Garo Hills for suspected " child sacrifice" in a temple in the 121 battalion camp. The BSF on Saturday instituted a court of inquiry to investigate the case. The jawans belonged to BSF's 121 battalion.
A senior BSF officer told TOI, "We handed over head constable Chandra Bhan Das and constable Babu Khan to Meghalaya police. They are suspected to be involved in the case." The BSF jawans are among the five people being interrogated by the police.
On the Navami of Durga Puja on October 6, during, Krishna Singh (7) was found dead. His mutilated body was found under a bush behind BSF's Praharinagar camp for the 121 battalion. There were multiple stab wounds on the body.
Krishna had gone to the camp's temple to offer Durga Puja prayers with his 10-year-old brother on October 5 evening. He went missing after that. The involvement of Krishna's family cannot be ruled out, he said.
Krishna was a class II student. His father Kamal Singh is a water carrier with BSF's 121 Battalion. The family lived in the quarters at Praharinagar camp. It appeared to be a case of human sacrifice to appease the gods, said a medical expert.
Police are looking for a 'tantrik' who is suspected to have sacrificed the child. "We have sought the help of SP of Assam's Dhubri district to bring the tantrik to Tura for interrogation," said West Garo Hills superintendent of police (SP) Ricky Dkhar.
West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner Sanjay Goyal said, "We cannot rule out the allegation (human sacrifice) as there were marks of incense sticks on the body."
Police sources claimed the tantrik was spotted inside the BSF campus. Senior BSF officers of 121 Battalion though said the tantrik was not allowed entry into the campus.