The Valiv police on Saturday arrested six people, including a tantrik from Santa Cruz, for allegedly killing a woman, chopping her head and offering it as a sacrifice to the goddesses to solve his clients’ problems. Their arrest comes a day after the Maharashtra state assembly passed the Anti-Superstition and Black Magic Bill.
On November 17, the headless body of a woman had been found in Nalasopara. dna had reported the incident on November 18. The woman was identified as Kalawati Gupta (50), a resident of Vakola, Santa Cruz.
“In a bid to identify the woman, we had put up pamphlets with her description in the area, and her relatives soon contacted us. During the course of our investigation, we found out that Gupta used to visit a tantrik named Sarvajeet Kahar to help cure her son of his prolonged illness,” said a police officer of the Valiv police station.
The police said 57-year-old Kahar is a resident of Air India Colony. Kahar used to claim he possessed the power of goddesses who helped him dispel all evil. Gupta would go to Kahar with two men from her locality — Ramdhani Yadav (33) and his brother Gulab Yadav (28). While Ramdhani was seeking a cure for his wife’s illness, Gulab was facing marital troubles.
“Recently, Kahar told his clients Ramdhani and Gulab that in order to appease the goddesses, he would have to sacrifice a human, only after which their problems would be solved. The three of them then picked Gupta as their target. They took her to Nalasopara on November 16 to perform the ritual, during which Kahar pulled her hair and stabbed her in the neck, killing her instantly. The three men, with the help of three others, then chopped her head,” the officer added.
The two parts were later dumped in separate locations. “We have recovered the skull of the woman from the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway and have arrested all six people under sections 302 (murder) and 201 (destroying evidence) of the IPC and under relevant sections of the Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifices and other Inhuman, Evil and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Bill,” said Anil Kumbhare, district superintendent of police (Thane Rural).
The Yadav brothers, Kahar and his three accomplices have been remanded in police custody for 10 days.