Drunk Priest Beheads Man As a Human Sacrifice To Goddess, Claiming He Could End Coronavirus
Jun. 01, 2020
A HINDU priest has beheaded a man in a human sacrifice at an Indian temple in an apparent bid to end the coronavirus pandemic.
Sansari Ojha, 72, was said to be both drunk and high from smoking marijuana when he decapitated a man with an axe to appease a goddess.
He beheaded the victim with an axe at 1am in the morning in the temple's shrine after an argument.
Detective Ashish Kumar Singh said Ojha was heavily drunk at the time and surrendered to police the same day after coming to his senses.
He said Ojha claimed he was ordered by a goddess in his dream to sacrifice a human in order to bring an end to the pandemic.
Alok Ranjan Ray, Athagarh sub-divisional police officer, said: 'The priest claimed that he saw a goddess in his dream and was asked to sacrifice a human's life to bring an end to coronavirus.
'Hence, to appease the goddess, he decapitated the man,' he told Gulf News.
Police say they have began an investigation and both men were known to be smoking marijuana before the attack.
Mr Pradhan's body has been sent for an autopsy and the murder weapon has been seized from the shrine.
Social activist Satya Prakash Pati told India Today: 'It’s unbelievable in 21st century that people still behave in such barbaric ways.
'We demand strong action against the guilty.'
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