From: Times of India
Timely intervention by police helped avert a baby sacrifice at Bhatol village on Friday. Though cops managed to round up four accused, they are yet to track down the fifth accused who fled with the baby.
Locals said that Rabin Baskey’s son had been ill for the past few days. Though the couple got the baby treated, it did not yield any result. Thus Rabin and Lalita were forced to consult a soothsayer, who predicted that if the child is sacrificed, it would bring good luck to the couple and also relieve their son of the suffering.
They were told that a yajna followed by the sacrifice can lead to unearthing of gold from within their house. Blinded by fate, the parents consented to the proposal. On Friday, several tantriks came to the Baskey household and arrangements were made for the puja. But the villagers, who were told that the yajna was being held for the well being of the baby, grew suspicious on spotting the sacrificial pit.
Four persons were arrested as a sacrifice bid was foiled at the last moment by Raiganj police of North Dinajpur.