In a bizarre incident, two drunk men allegedly ate the flesh of a half-burnt dead body during cremation in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district, police said on Wednesday.
The shocking incident took place at tribal village Bandhasahi under Badasahi police limits in the district on Tuesday. Police detained the two drunken persons, identified as Sundar Mohan Singh and Narendra Singh of Dantuni village.
According to the police, a complaint was filed against Sundar Mohan Singh (58) and Narendra Singh (25) of Dantuni village by locals after they were allegedly spotted consuming a half-charred body at the cremation site.
“The villagers had taken the body of the deceased who died of illness to the crematorium for the funeral. While the cremation was underway, the duo took away some portion of the half-burnt body and started eating it,” said a police officer.
“They committed the act in an inebriated state. Sundar Mohan Singh, one of the accused, is a sorcerer. He did so under the influence of liquor and confessed to his actions,” said Sabjay Parida, inspector-in-charge of Badasahi police station.
Both Sunder and Narendra admitted the wrongdoing and said that they consumed the flesh in inebriated condition. The two have been charged under section 297 of the Indian Penal Code.