A nine-year-old boy from Belagavi in Karnataka survived the attempts of unknown miscreants who allegedly tried to 'sacrifice' him for a black magic ritual.
Rajkumar Tuppasamudra and his family are reported to be residents of Athani in Balagavi.
The boy, a class 3 student, went missing after he returned home after school on Saturday afternoon, and was rescued by local residents early on Sunday morning, reports The Times of India.
Though his parents launched a search on Saturday afternoon, they were unable to find the boy. However, a few villagers who had gone to answer the natureās call on Sunday morning, were alarmed to hear the cries of a boy child.
The villagers then found the boy buried in a ditch with his hands and legs tied, and the ditch was covered with stone slabs. When Rajkumar was rescued, he was reportedly in a semi-conscious state.
Rajkumar was administered treatment at a village hospital and was later shifted to a private hospital in Maharashtra and is reported to be out of danger.
The police, who are now investigating the case, suspect that the boy was beaten up before he was buried, for he had sustained injury marks on his body.
They are learnt to have launched a hunt for the accused, who purportedly whisked the child away for sacrificing him in a black magic ritual.
Reports of alleged black magic practice have been reported from various parts of Karnataka in the past. Earlier in October, the body of an 18-day-old infant was recovered from a well in Yadgir, and turmeric and kumkum were found near the well.
The Karnataka Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and Other Inhuman Evil and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Bill that proposes to ban nearly 23 practices is yet to be passed.