GUWAHATI, June 19 - Sensation prevailed after a headless body of a middle-aged woman was today found near the Durga temple atop Nilachal Hill, two days ahead of the Ambubachi Mela.
The body was first spotted by pilgrims visiting Kamakhya temple after which the local police was informed. The incident took place at a time when the Nilachal Hill is teeming with security personnel in view of the Ambubachi festival.
The development drew suspicion of it being a case of human sacrifice as materials and items used in rituals were also found from near the body.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Khanin Choudhury, when contacted, told The Assam Tribune that prima facie it appeared to be a case of human sacrifice based on superstitious beliefs.
�However, nothing could be said for sure at this moment. Our team is on the job,� Choudhury said, adding that the woman�s identity is yet to be ascertained. �The severed head is yet to be recovered and investigation is on to identify the culprits behind the crime,� the DCP said.
Police sources further stated that efforts are on to locate the murder weapon.
Meanwhile, top police officials have rushed to the spot and questioning is on. Temple authorities feigned ignorance saying that they came to know about the incident from the police.