New Delhi- A 10-year-old girl was beheaded by her grandfather in India's eastern Orissa state who believed that sowing seeds mixed with her blood would yield a bumper crop, a news report said on Monday.
The incident, spurred by age-old superstitions, took place on Sunday in the tribal region of Sambalpur, 450km west of state capital Bhubaneshwar, the IANS news agency reported.
The barbaric crime was detected after the villagers caught the man Rajesh Hembram and handed him over to the police.
Hembram who owned three acres of farmland, planned in advance to sow seeds mixed with the blood of his granddaughter on Akshaya Tritya on Monday, a day considered auspicious by Hindus, police said.
"He cut off his granddaughter Bernaka Kandulana's head with an axe in a room when nobody was at home and drained her blood into a pot," PC Nayak, a local police inspector told IANS.
""We found some seeds in a steel pot that were mixed with blood," he said. Police said the man was arrested and had admitted to his crime.
India has a centuries-old tradition of human sacrifices to appease deities, gain prosperity or ward off evil. Some cases are still reported around the country.
In recent years, parents in Orissa sacrificed their two sons on advice of an occult practioner that it would please the gods and bring them prosperity.