A 3-year-old boy’s body was exhumed after the place where he was allegedly killed and buried displayed signs of ‘sacrifice’.

The shocking incident came to light on Saturday, July 24, after locals alerted the police about spotting four men and a woman performing "suspicious" rituals in the Chambal Ravines on the outskirts of the Jodhpur village in Agra, India.

The witness reported that they saw the strangers burying a child. The suspects had fled the scene by the time police officers responded to the scene.

"They buried the child and left after some prayers. It appears that they performed some black magic," Girish a local resident said, the Times of India reported.

The responding officers found a pack of incense sticks, a knife, a spade, and some other materials used for the occult practice scattered around the scene.

The region where the brutal slaying occurred is infamous for the superstitious beliefs and sorcery practices performed to please gods and goddesses.

"The incident took place in the Pinahat police station area. A lot of people had gathered at the spot after the information about the act spread. Some people had already started digging the ground where the child was buried," Agra Senior Superintendent of Police Muniraj G said.

The toddler’s body was exhumed and sent to a nearby hospital for medical examination.

"The local police team also reached the spot immediately upon being alerted. The boy was taken out from the ground by the police along with locals and rushed to a CHC (community health center) for a checkup," Muniraj said.

However, the doctors declared the child "brought dead" and sent the boy’s body to SN Medical College for an autopsy, the officer said.

Based on the preliminary information a case has been registered at the Pinahat police station and an investigation has been launched, the district police chief said.

"The child's identity is yet to be ascertained. Those involved in the act are also unidentified and absconding but some locals are understood to have seen them. We are trying to contact the eye-witnesses in order to trace the culprits," Muniraj said.

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