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Hunt for tantrik still on

Shillong, Oct. 14: Meghalaya police are still clueless about the tantrik from Mankachar who is wanted for the sacrifice of a child at a BSF camp in Tura on October 5.

Police said the man went missing on October 7 and a search was on to trace him.

The tantrik, Lukman Hakib, who visited the BSF camp on October 4 and 5, fled from his Mancachar home after he learnt that the police were after him.

The body of seven-year-old Krishna Singh, his stomach cut into pieces and incense sticks jutting out from his forehead, was found near the BSF’s 121 camp in West Garo Hills on October 6.

The boy went missing on October 5 after he went to a temple at the BSF camp for Durga Puja.

Krishna’s father, Kamal Singh, works as a water carrier with the BSF.

The police initially detained two BSF jawans, Babu Khan and Chandrawan.

Later, on October 9, the police arrested Khan after he gave conflicting statements about the incident.

Though Khan initially denied that he knew the tantrik, Chandrawan’s confession revealed that it was Khan who brought the tantrik to his house.

Telephone call records revealed constant interaction between the tantrik with the BSF jawans.

Khan then confessed that the child was sacrificed on the top of an abandoned BSF building inside the camp.

Meghalaya police immediately sent a team to Mankachar to detain the tantrik, but the policemen had to return after a mob gheraoed them.

During the brief questioning by the Assam police, the tantrik denied his involvement in the crime.

As Meghalaya police concentrated on interrogation of the BSF jawans in West Garo Hills, the tantrik got time to move out of Mankachar.

“We are working on the ways and means to arrest him. He is currently not in his house and his shop is also locked. But, we will get him with the help of Assam police,” said DIG, Meghalaya police, G.H.P. Raju, who is supervising the investigation.

Incidentally, the tantrik had actually “demanded” fast dispensation of justice and punishment for the culprits after he was picked up for questioning after the macabre incident.

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