A 40-year-old man allegedly killed a barn owl to perform black magic for attracting a woman he had a crush on in Delhi’s Sultanpuri.
The accused, identified as Kanhaya, a truck driver, cut open the owl after watching a YouTube video which detailed the process of sacrificing the bird. The video showed performing ‘tantric’ rituals that had to be followed while performing it to that you could hypnotise the person you wanted to.
“He said he liked a girl and he wanted that she should be attracted towards him. He said he procured the owl to perform the rituals he saw in the video. The accused is married with three children and even his family was aware about him sacrificing the owl after Diwali,” said a police officer.
“The post-mortem report said the accused had allegedly cut the claws of the owl with a knife and inserted several needles into its liver and lungs, suggesting that he sued the owl as a voodoo,” he added.
Kanhaya was arrested on November 11 after police got a tip-off from the Animal Welfare Board Of India (AWBI) about him.
A raid was conducted and police found the owl’s carcass in a cooler in his house, said a senior police official, adding that the accused has been evasive during questioning and has been saying different things.
Kanhaya’s father died on Diwali and initially it was suspected he was carrying out the sacrifice ritual to appease the gods or pray to gods for his father but that angle has been ruled out. His father apparently died due to dehydration caused by dysentery.
The accused has also been evasive as to how he got the owl. He has been claiming that he found the owl lying injured and brought it home but it has been found that the owl only had injuries that were sustained during the attack by the accused.
He has also claimed that his brother-in-law got the owl but it has not been confirmed as of now.
Initially, it was also probed whether his wife was practicing black magic, but it is clear that he was the one who was doing it but we are questioning his family members about it.
Police also said the owl sacrifice had nothing to do with Diwali.
News credit : Indiatoday