SIT to probe sacrifice of girl to superstition
The "sorcerer" in the devil-possessed crime of beating a schoolgirl, Veerpal Kaur, 13, to death in the name exorcism is in police custody. A special investigating team will look for more clues in the frightening case.punjab Updated: Aug 24, 2012 22:26 IST
The "sorcerer" in the devil-possessed crime of beating a schoolgirl, Veerpal Kaur, 13, to death in the name of exorcism is in police custody. A special investigating team will look for more clues in the frightening case.
The alleged exorcist, Pal Kaur, woman sarpanch of Bhinder Kalan village; and three other people would be under interrogation for four days in the investigation into the murder of the teenager from Manawan village, a local court decided on Friday.
The three co-suspects are alleged to have helped the sarpanch beat the girl to death during what they claimed was witch-hunt. Co-suspects Darbara Singh, Pal's husband; Sewak Singh; and Mukhtiar Singh of Mari Mustfa were arrested on Thursday night.
"The SIT will find out who all had joined the witchcraft ritual why no one stopped the sarpanch," said senior superintendent of police Surjit Singh Grewal. "Some people have tried to block the legal action against the prime suspect but we haven't let them."
Malkit Singh, father of Veerpal Kaur, who took the girl to her death, is in regret over sacrificing his child to superstition.
"My daughter was in class 7 at Government High School, Manawan village, in Moga district," he said. "She had been ill for a long time and after we had shown her to many doctors, we took her to Bhinder Kalan on Wednesday to try faith healing. People told me Veerpal might be possessed by an evil spirit."