Koppal, Karnataka | Nine people were arrested on charges of alleged kidnapping and sacrificing a five year-old girl for getting treasure at Hosalli Village in the District and seized a car, four mobile phones and puja article used in witchcraft, here today.
District Superintendent of Police P Raja said that the nine had kidnapped the girl on January 26 and sacrificed to unearth the hidden treasure under the buildings where her body was found on February 3.
He said that search is on to nab Occultist, native of neighbouring Kerala state, who is the main culprit.
He said that earlier it was considered as kidnap and murder but after clues about black magic was found, the culprits were arrested.
Police said that the victim was identified as Gayatri Sharanappa Mahinalli (5).
She was said to be missing since January 26. Alleging black magic behind the girl’s death, Gayatri’s parents and relatives staged a protest in Koppal district hospital.
They claimed that the girl was kidnapped and sacrificed to unearth the hidden treasure under the building in which she was found dead.
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