The arrest of six men from Nallasopara including a purported tantrik has led the cops to uncovering the tale of a gory murder, where a woman’s head was chopped off by five men and offered to the tantrik as a reward. All the six arrested men have confessed to the crime and have been booked for murder as well as under the new anti-superstition ordinance.
The police first got a tip off about the case when the headless body of a woman was found near Nallasopara on November 17. The body was identified as that of Kalavati Gupta, 50. Acccording to the confession of the arrested men, they had followed the instructions of the Kalina based ‘Tantrik’ to chop off the head of Kalavati for sacrificial purposes. They had thrown the body near a buffalo shed in Sopara Phatta.
The five killers have been identified as Ramdhani Yadav, 33, Gulab Yadav, 28, Satyanarayan Gaud, 48, Pankaj Gaud, 22 and Shyamsundar Gupta, 42, while the tantrik has been identified as Savjeet Kahar, 57.
Why was the woman killed?
According to Kahar, Kalavati had visited him on a few occasions seeking help to cure her ailing son. She would apparently visit him every Tuesday and Sunday. An officer from Waliv police station said, “Kalavati would visit the tantrik’s residence with her neighbour Ramdhani, in the latter’s auto rickshaw. But when Ramdhani also sought his help to solve a family dispute, the sly tantrik told him to sacrifice the head of a living being, ideally a goat or a human, to end his woes.”
On November 15, the tantrik arrived at Ramdhani’s Vakola home and along with Gulab, Ramdhani and their friend Shyamsundar decided to kill Kalavati at a Nallasopara temple.
The officer added, “Kahar claimed he would inform Kalavati that a ritual was being done at a Nallasopara temple, which would improve her son’s health. On November 16 Ramdhani took Kalavati to Nallasopara where the six were waiting with knives.”
The six men took her to a temple located at the bank of a lake. As soon as Kalavati sat inside the temple, Shyamsundar hit her on the neck with a sharp object. The others then helped behead her, put her body in a bag and threw the body near SoparaPhatta.
The torso was identified after cops came across posters in the Vakola area, mentioning that Kalavati was missing. Later through sources they came to know she had last been seen with Ramdhani after which they brought him in for interrogation. The rickshaw driver then confessed to the crime and revealed the roles of the other five.
The accused have been booked under Indian Penal Code sections 302 (punishment for murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence), 34 (acts done by many persons in furtherance) and three for carrying out acts that endanger life or cause injury to gain supernatural blessing.