A 7-year-old boy was reportedly sacrificed by his father and grandfather in order to get hidden treasure in Raisen district, police said on Sunday.
The incident occurred at Udayapura town of the district on thursday. The police have detained boy's father Chandrabhan Nauriya and grandfather Shivdayal Nauriya.
It is also suspected Chandrabhan with the help of his father Shivdayal sacrificed two more children including his another son and buried them at the place where the boy Ranjeet alias Anju was found murdered late on Thursday night.
According to police, Ranjeet went missing from home on Thursday afternoon. When he didn't return home till late evening, his father Chandrabhan informed the police about missing of his son and started a search.
Late night, Chandrabhan again approached police and informed them that his son was found dead in a garden where Chandrabhan works as watchman.
Later, a police team went to the spot and registered a case after preliminary investigation.
Superintendent of police (SP), Raisen, Deepak Verma said the boy was killed by slitting his neck.
"During the course of investigation, boy's father and grandfather were detained and quizzed. It is suspected that they killed the boy apparently in order to get a hidden treasure," Verma told HT over phone.
He further said the sharp-edged weapon used to slit the neck of the boy was yet to be recovered.
Police sources said the accused had also confessed to have killed another minor boy- Sandeep Kori- about 6-months ago and buried his body under a tree, where Ranjeet's body was found.
Sandeep had gone missing from home and he could not be traced so far.
Sources also said that Chandrabhan's elder son, who is about 10-year-old, was also missing from home for many days but he didn't lodge any complaint to police.
A police official, on condition of anonymity, said that there was myth in the town about a hidden treasure in the garden. Chandrabhan and his father were among those who believed the myth.
The two confessed to have performed a special pooja, several times, at the place, where the body of Ranjeet was found, the official said.
However, Verma said the involvement of the two accused in disapperance of the two more boys was yet to be ascertained.