That old time religion.

Nayagarah (Orissa), Nov 4 (PTI) Three persons were today arrested on the charge of killing a seven-year-old girl to appease Goddess Kali on Diwali at Nagajhar village in Orissa’s Nayagarh district, police said. The three – Braja Pradhan, Sudam Pradhan and Akhila Pradhan – were later produced before the court of the First Class Judicial Magistrate, Ranapur, who remanded them to judicial custody for 14 days.

Another person, said to be a ‘tantrik’ (one who performs cult worship rituals to invoke the deity) and wanted in connection with the incident, was absconding.

The girl Susha, daughter of one Biranchi Pradhan of Bimbadharpur village was sacrificed before the goddess at the local Kali temple at Nagajhar under Ranapur police station after being kidnapped.

All the three have confessed that they had committed the crime , the sources claimed.

Susha, had been kidnapped by the accused persons, as guided by the tantrik, while playing with her friends on the evening of Diwali. Her father had lodged an FIR with the police after she went missing.

The body was found floating in a pond yesterday after which the police was informed. A case had been registered and further investigation was on, the sources said.

Local people also staged a protest yesterday demanding the arrest of the culprits.

It was alleged that in the 1980s a young boy had been sacrificed at the nearby Maninag temple, which is located on a hill top.

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