Father allegedly kills 13-year-old daughter in Tamil Nadu as human sacrifice to get rich

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In a ghastly case of human sacrifice, a 13-year-old girl was allegedly murdered by her own father, second wife and her kin in Tamil Nadu’s Pudukkottai district to ward off troubles in his life, become rich and gain magical power.

The key suspect K Panneers, 41, and one of his accomplices have been arrested by the police. According to reports, Panneer committed the horrific act as per the advice given to him by a woman who was practicing ‘black magic.

According to Pudukkottai Superintendent of Police Arun Sakthikumar, Panneer, the father of the girl, was under severe financial stress. Panneer, along with his friend Kumar, decided to meet Vasanthi, a sorceress who practised ‘black magic’, to seek advice. Vasanthi reportedly advised Panneer to murder his daughter in order to solve his financial problems, said a News Minute report.

As per the advice, Panneer along with his second wife Mookayi, Vasanthi and Kumar plotted to murder the girl, who was born to Panneer's first wife. One day prior to human sacrifice, they performed pooja using a saree and they buried it after the ritual.

The next day, Panneer took his 13-year-old daughter to the eucalyptus farm and choked her neck with a shawl while Kumar and Mookayi held the hands and legs of the girl and after knowing that the girl has stopped shaking her legs, they thought she was dead.

The reports stated that Panneer took off the underwear of the girl to conceal the murder and cook the story that she had died due to sexual assault. The incident happened on May 18 and the relatives of the girl found her to be unconscious with the strangulation marks in the eucalyptus forest at Nodiyur village in Gandharvakottai, Pudukottai. The girl was rushed to the Thanjavur government hospital. However, she died there on May 19.

When the autopsy report ruled out the sexual assault crime, the district police department went suspicious and the police were searching Kumar as he was absconding and he surrendered before the police on Monday - June 1, and during the interrogation, he confessed that he was a part of the crime and they killed the girl as a human sacrifice.

According to the police, Kumar confessed that they had murdered the girl as part of a ‘human sacrifice’ ritual. Cases have been registered under Section 12 (sexual harassment) of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and Section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code.

The investigation is on and the police are on the lookout for Vasanthi and her friend. The reports further stated that Mookayi, who was part of the crime, was found dead under suspicious grounds on May 30.

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