As residents of Kotfatta and surrounding villages on Sunday staged a protest demanding action against selfstyled ‘tantrics’ in the murder of two children in the village in a bid to “rid them of evil spirits”, the police arrested a Haryanabased ‘tantric’ from Kalanwali.
Bathinda senior superintendent of police (SSP) Swapan Sharma said that Lakhi Baba from Kalanwali has been arrested under Section 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC in the case.
Accused grandmother of children Nirmal Kaur had visited the Kalanwali-based dera of Lakhi Baba before resorting to torture the children to death along with their father.
Meanwhile, residents of Kotfatta, Kotbhara, Ram Garh Bhunder and Dhan Singh Khana villages blocked the BathindaMansa road for two hours demanding action against some other ‘tantrics’, alleging that they were also involved in the murder of two children early this month.
The protest was joined by Rozy Kaur, mother of deceased children Ranjodh Singh, 5 and Anamika, 3 .
The residents were also demanding registration of a case against self-styled ’tantrics’ involved in torturing two children to death.
A member of the action committee Iqbal Singh said that they were not communicated about the arrest of the ‘tantric’ by the police.
However, the SSP said that residents were already communicated about the arrest of Lakhi and their protest was against the superstitions and such ‘tantrics’ as a whole.
Ranjodh Singh and Anamika were found dead at their house in Kotfatta village on March 8 evening.
Both the children were tortured for five days continuously allegedly by the accused grandmother and father Kulwinder Singh in a bid to “rid them of evil spirits”.
Their grandmother Nirmal Kaur, a ‘tantric’, believed that the children were responsible for the mental ailment of her sister Prem Lata and her daughter Amandeep Kaur, who was not having any child.
The police have arrested Nirmal Kaur and father of children Kulwinder Singh for the murders.
The children’s’ mother has also been booked in the case, but she has not yet been arrested as the police were inquiring her role in the incident.