As it was being suspected, the murder of a seven-year-old boy at Malko village near here on August 9 was done as part of a witchcraft ritual. This fact has come to fore with the arrest of a man who had killed the child, police said.
On Sunday, police arrested Inderjeet Singh (30) of Rihana Jatta, Kapurthala, for killing Gurpreet Chumbar, whose body with hands and legs tied was found in the almirah of a neighbour.
The accused was nabbed from Basti Jodhewal in Ludhiana. He was working as a mason with the main accused Mangat Ram of Shahkot. The accused has confessed to the crime and told police that victim’s neighbour Mangat Ram had no child even after marrying for the fourth time. Mangat planned ‘human sacrifice’ as part of a witchcraft ritual to have an offspring and promised him Rs 2 lakh for killing the boy.
Under the conspiracy, Mangat and his wife left on a pilgrimage to Chintpurni on August 8 morning, leaving behind Inderjeet.
On August 9, Inderjeet lured Gurpreet to the house by offering him goodies. When he fell asleep, Inderjeet hit Gurpreet’s head with the sharp weapon, strangled him to death and hid the body in an almirah, police said.
The police are still to arrest the main accused Mangat Ram of Shahkot, who is absconding.
The victim’s hands and legs were found tied and mouth stuffed with cloth when his family spotted the body in the almirah during search.
Gurpreet was son of Ashok Kumar, a labourer, and studied in Class 3 at a government school.
The scene at the crime spot suggested some witchcraft rituals in the house. Among the things recovered from near the almirah where Gurpreet’s body was found were two lemons, chicken liver, liquor bottles, green chillis, flowers, bricks and pictures of several children.
Further investigations are on.