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Sandhya Nair,TNN | Dec 15, 2013,
According to the police, Kalavati had, for the past one year, been visiting a tantrik, Sarvajeet Kahar (57), who lives in the Indian Airlines Colony in Kalina, to seek a cure for her paralytic 30-year-old son, Radheshyam.
Kahar works as a technician in Air India‘s transport department and reportedly draws a monthly salary of Rs 65,000. At home, he would practise as a tantrik.
Kalavati’s neighbour Ramdhani Yadav (33), an auto-rickshaw owner, used to drop her at times at Kahar’s residence. Slowly, Ramdhani and his brother Gulab (28) also started visiting the tantrik.
When Ramdhani asked for a cure for his ailing wife and Gulab a solution to his marital discord, the tantrik suggested they sacrifice a goat. “He, however, emphasised that human sacrifice was supreme. That is when the Yadav brothers thought of sacrificing Kalavati,” said Thane rural additional superintendent of police Sangramsinh Nishandar.
On November 15, Gulab invited the tantrik to his Vakola home and told him about the plan. The next day, the Yadav brothers took Kalavati in an autorickshaw to Gulab’s second home in Nalasopara on the pretext that they would be doing a pooja to get rid of their problems. Shyamsunder Gupta (42), an auto driver, also accompanied them. Kahar, his son Pankaj (22) and his cousin Satyanarayan Gaud (48), who accompanies him for pooja sessions, also arrived there.
After collecting mattresses, pooja items and a dagger, the group went to a secluded spot in Nalasopara at 10.30 pm. As Kalavati bent down to perform the pooja, Shyamsunder struck at her with the dagger. The others took turns to help him chop the head.
The accused have been arrested for murder and destroying evidence and booked under sections of the new anti-superstition bill.
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