In a shocking crime, a six-year-old girl was sexually assaulted and killed in Wanarpathy district in Telangana. Residents of the village allege that a godman called Buraan was involved in the crime, and say that he may have assaulted her as part of a witchcraft ritual. However, officials have denied these allegations and claimed that a man called Ramakrishna, who works with the godman, is the actual suspect.
The crime took place on Sunday but came to light only on Wednesday. The girlâ€™s parents reported to the police that she was missing on Sunday. On Wednesday, the police found her body in a gunny sack on a bathroom slab at the godmanâ€™s house, which is under construction.
However, the police claim that the godman is not a suspect in the case, rubbishing claims of witchcraft.
Speaking to TNM, Wanarpathy SI Tripathi said, â€śSince the Swamijiâ€™s residence has many visitors, we suspected that some people who didnâ€™t have a baby might have abducted her. We also suspected that migrant workers might have some role to play in the case. Initially everyone denied it. However, in the second round of inquiry, the accused confessed to the crime.â€ť
The accused, Ramakrishna, is a native of Chintala in Nagerkunool district, and has now been arrested. According to police, the accused was working as a mason in the godmanâ€™s house, which was under construction.
Wanaparthy Town CI Venkateshwarulu said, â€śIn this crime, there is no role of the Swamiji, as the villagers allege. Since the body was recovered from his house, they suspect that he must have committed the crime.â€ť
However, the villagers arenâ€™t convinced with the policeâ€™s version and are blaming the godman, Buraan, for the crime.
Manju, a social worker from the village alleged, â€śThe Swamiji is known for practicing such witchcraft. Earlier too, on several occasions, he suggested human sacrifice to the villagers. Everyone knows about it. But they keep mum because he is an influential person.â€ť
Rubbishing the reports of witchcraft, District Collector Swetha Mohanty said, â€śIt is a case of sexual assault. The body marks suggest that the child was sexually assaulted. The investigation is underway. But the news of witchcraft is not factual.â€ť