Tantrik sacrifices three of his kin in Orissa

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Baripada, Oct 11 (UNI) In an example of literates also indulging in superstitions, a triple 'sacrifice' took place in an obscure Mayurbhanj village by a suspected 'tantrik', who works as a stenographer in the office of the Assistant Registrar of Co-operative Societies here.

Banshidhar Mundial had sacrificed his sister Patina Nayak (53), teenaged son Sudarshan (15) and niece Rekha Nayak (13) at his home in Ambjoda village under Betnoti police station limits early today.

Banshidhar's wife Subarna Nayak, a primary school teacher, said her husband had also attempted to kill her and two other daughters during his 'tantra sadhana'.

It was Subarna's wit and intelligence that saved her and her daughters from being 'sacrificed'.

A shocked Subarna said, however, she could not save Sudarshan, Patina and Rekha from being sacrificed at the hands of a determined and virulent 'tantrik'.

The chilling triple murder by an educated tantrik has sent shock waves in and around Amjoda village with hundreds of people thronging the spot.

Preliminary reports revealed that Banshidhar was engaged in ''tantra sadhana'' at his residence, and had beaten all the three kins to death with the help of a strong wooden stave, Betnoti Circle Inspector Rajgopal Kar said.

Banshidhar has been arrested under section 302 IPC for killing the trio while he was worshipping God 'Hanuman' at his residence. A murder case has been registered at the Betnoti police station Villagers said the ghastly murder of the trio on the day following Dussehra was the result of the superstitious belief that the 'tantra sadhana' and the killing would bring the killer wealth and happiness.

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