A drunken man reportedly accidentally slit his acquaintance’s throat instead of slaughtering a goat during a ritual animal sacrifice in Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh, India on Sunday January 16.
The defendant, Talari Chalapati, who was supposed to perform the animal sacrifice and cut off the head of a goat, allegedly slit the throat of his boyfriend Suresh, 25, by mistake while the suspect was intoxicated.
The victim was holding the animal that was to be slaughtered at the time of the terrible accident. Chalapati was visibly drunk at the time of the sacrifice, India today reported.
The bloody murder happened on Sunday evening as a huge gathering of villagers initiated the “Kondachuttu” ritual (a traditional practice of trekking around a hill) which often ends in animal sacrifice. The ritual is said to have continued until midnight as locals reached the temple of a village goddess on the outskirts of town to perform the ritual slaughter.
At the temple, Chalapati, who was reportedly intoxicated, was instructed to sacrifice the sheep one after another by slitting their throats. During the animal sacrifice, however, Suresh knelt to hold a goat for slaughter. In a daze, Chalapati, missed the animal’s throat and cut Suresh in the jugular instead, the hindu reported.
Suresh, who was bleeding profusely, was immediately taken to Madanpelle government hospital by his friend and relatives. However, he was later pronounced dead at the facility.
Madanapalle Taluq Police then took Chalapati into custody and registered a case under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against him.
The ritual sacrifice is said to have been held at a local temple in Yellamma where villagers go to slaughter animals each year and offer them during Sankranti celebrations.
Suresh would be survived by his wife and two children.
In a similar but unrelated incident, a British teenager named Danyal Hussein, 19, allegedly stabbed sisters Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27, to death in a country park in northwest London in June 2020 as part of a “sacrifice” to a demon named “the mighty King Lucifuge Rofocale” in exchange for winning the lottery, the Latin Times reported.
After killing them, he dragged their bodies into a wood about 75 meters away. Their remains were found on top of each other by Smallman’s boyfriend 36 hours after they disappeared to police.
Authorities reportedly traced DNA obtained from a knife left at the crime scene to Hussein. He was later arrested at a house in Blackheath, southeast London.
After detectives searched his residence, they found the “contract” Hussein had made with the demon. Hussein had signed the contract using his own blood, promising to “perform a minimum of six sacrifices every six months” in exchange for winning the Mega Millions Super Jackpot. Police also found three lottery tickets he had purchased after the murders.
Hussein, who was found guilty of two counts of murder, was sentenced to two concurrent 35-year prison terms by Judge Whipple at the Old Bailey on October 28, 2021.