A four-month-old girl was rescued minutes before she was to be sacrificed as part of a ritual in northeast Delhi’s Khajuri Khas on Sunday. The toddler’s uncle, a sorcerer and his aide were arrested.
Police raided the Loni cremation ground after they got information about a Mohammad Ilyas, who practices black magic, preparing for a human sacrifice. Police saved the girl while Ilyas chanted verses, preparing for the sacrifice. Tools, including a dagger, a knife and a pair of tongs along with a platform to keep the kids, were seized.
According to the police, the toddler’s uncle Asif — who reportedly learnt black magic from Ilyas — offered to sacrifice her to help the sorcerer increase his powers. The sorcerer reportedly asked Asif to arrange for a new born and initiate a human sacrifice so that he can possess supernatural powers. When the sorcerer promised to train Asif in black magic once he initiated a girl’s sacrifice, Asif offered his own niece.
“The father of the four-month-old girl came to us and complained that she was kidnapped. He told us that his brother-in-law Asif had visited the house last. He complained that the girl was in the house, but after Asif left, she also went missing. When he went to meet Asif to ask about his daughter, he was also missing. He lodged a complaint against Asif,” a senior police officer said.
A team was formed to trace Asif. During investigation, it was found that Asif was learning black magic from a sorcerer and the two were planning a human sacrifice. The police team went to Loni, where the sorcerer used to practise. “Within six hours of the complaint, our team reached Loni and the sorcerer along with Asif and his associate Dilshad were arrested. The baby girl was rescued and reunited with her family,” said deputy commissioner of police (northeast) Ajit Kumar Singla.
Investigations revealed that Asif had taken Rs 40,000 from the sorcerer and his associate to bring the child for sacrifice. “We have arrested the three men and are questioning them. It appears they previously indulged in human sacrifices. Investigation is on,” a senior police officer said.