Day after burial, five-month-old’s body dug out
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Father finds partially burnt body, suspects involvement of tantrik who might have taken it out for religious sacrifice
The body of a 5-month-old child was found missing from her grave in the Sector-25 Cremation Ground by her parents on Tuesday. The child's body was found partially burnt around 100 metres away from her grave. The family suspects the involvement of a tantrik, who could have taken the body to offer her blood as a religious sacrifice.
The toddler Ishika was born with a congenital heart disease. Last week, when her condition worsened, she was admitted in the emergency ward of PGI where she died yesterday afternoon.
Speaking to Newsline, Ishika's grandfather Jai Bhagwan said, "Yesterday, at around 2:30 pm, Ishika died in the hospital and we brought her body for burial at the cemetery in Sector-25. However, as per our rituals, today at around 6:30 am when her father Vinod Kumar went to offer milk at her grave, he found that the grave had been dug open and her body was missing."
On finding the grave open, Kumar started looking around and found the child's body lying around 100 metres away partially burnt. "Her body was wrapped in a cloth different from the one we had wrapped her in before burying her. Her stomach and legs had been burnt," Bhagwan said. Bhagwan further said that it could not be done by a stray animal as the body had been buried almost 4.5 metre deep.
A PCR call was made at around 9 am and the body was taken to GMSH-16 for post-mortem. "The infant had died due to a congenital heart disease and her body was partially burnt. All organs have been found in tact," said a doctor at GMSH-16.
"A case of trespassing on burial places and offering indignity to a human corpse has been registered against unknown persons and further investigation is in progress," a police officer said.
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