The police have detained four persons in connection with the death of a 16- year-old dalit girl, who was found brutally murdered in a field in Jadopur area of Pilkhuwa on Friday. Her parents initially lodged an FIR, alleging rape and murder. However, the parents and villagers later told the police that they suspected it to be a case of human sacrifice, which led to the detention of the four accused.
Speaking to the Hindustan Times, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Raghubir Lal said the police did not find any blood stains at the crime scene from where the body was recovered.
"When we further investigated, we found several blood stains on the walls of a nearby house, which belongs to a tribal family," the SSP said.
Police said the villagers, after the girl’s murder, caught hold of one Rajendri Kumari, a friend of the victim, who told them that since her brother Jagdish Kumar had no children after several years of marriage, he wanted to "sacrifice a young girl to appease the god".
The SSP said police have found some stains on the walls of the tribal family’s house, which were later wiped off by the house owner Sukki (who goes only by his first single name).
Police said the house owner has denied the allegations and said the blood stains were a result of the sacrifice of a goat at his place. Besides, a woman in his family recently gave birth to a child at the house, he told the police.
The police, however, went ahead with their investigations and tested the blood stains on the walls with the help of a forensic team, which confirmed it to be human blood.
"For more confirmation, we have sent the samples for forensic analysis at a laboratory in Agra. We have also detained four people in this connection, as the villagers and the victim’s parents told us that they suspected it to be a case of human sacrifice," the SSP told the Hindustan Times.
Although preliminary post-mortem reports did not confirm rape, two slides of the vaginal swabs have been prepared for further testing, police said.
Police have detained Kalwa, Gajia, Santa and Sukki, all members of a scheduled tribe family.
"Jagdish Kumar is absconding and we are waiting for a confirmation from the the forensic laboratory before formally arresting them," the SSP said.
Police also said they have received letters from the SC/ST Commission, seeking strict action into the incident.
"We have already apprised the state police authorities and the Chief Minister’s Office about the incident and our investigations," the SSP added.