Bhubaneshwar, Apr 27: In a bizarre incident a 10-year-old girl in Orissa was beheaded for yielding good harvest. Police said that grandfather of Bernaka Kandulana killed her in belief that sowing seeds mixed with her blood would yield a bumper crop.
The barbaric incident, spurred by age-old superstitions, took place Sunday at the tribal-populated Adapathar village in Sambalpur district, over 450 km from here. The incident came to light after the villagers caught the culprit, Rajesh Hembram and handed over him to the police.
Police said 52-yr-old Hembram who had three acres of agricultural land planned in advance to sow seeds mixed with the blood of his granddaughter on Akshaya Tritiya (a Hindu auspicious day) on Monday, Apr 27 to get good harvest. Hembram cut off Bernaka's head with an axe in a room when no one was at home and drained her blood into a pot. Police recovered the pot with seeds mixed with blood and also the body of Bernaka.