A group of occultists beheaded a 55-year-old tribal man during an
alleged human sacrifice ritual for better harvest and timely rains in
Jharkhand, police said on Monday.
The headless body of Thepa
Kharia was recovered from his home in Kharvadih-Kadamdohar village in
Gumla district, 130km west of state capital Ranchi, on Sunday.
family told police that he was killed by Orkas or Mudkatwa, an
occultist group that buries human heads in paddy fields for better rains
The man was alone in the house when the group entered, killed him and took away his head, police said.
has witnessed an extreme heat wave for the past week and temperatures
have touched 47 degree Celsius in parts of the state. Experts believe
there will be no respite till monsoon hits this part of India by the
second week of June.
Ajay Kumar Thakur, the officer in-charge of
Palkhot police station, said, "Thepa was killed in the wee hours of
Sunday. He used to live alone. Not finding Thepa in the Sunday market,
villagers broke open his house’s door. They found him lying in a pool of
Thakur said Kharia’s relatives were forced to lodge an
FIR. "Nobody in this area dare complaint about the Orkas. Most villagers
are scared of this group that roams habitats just before the monsoons,”
Police have launched a hunt for occultists in the area.
younger brother Jatru Kharia said, "Orkas can be anyone, from farmers
to tantriks. They bury the head in the field and expect that the
sacrifice will yield good harvest for the community.”
Jatru said this is an age-old ritual that has not been opposed.
2012, a woman was sacrificed in Lohardaga by her husband for better
harvest, and villagers in Gumla saved a girl from being sacrificed by
occultist groups in 2013.
Last year, it was reported that a man
was beheaded in Gumla by people who alleged he practiced witchcraft.
Police, however, suspected it was a case of human sacrifice.