A drunk priest in India allegedly killed a man during an animal sacrifice for Sankranthi celebrations on Sunday (January 16.)
Local news outlets reported that the incident happened by mistake. The victim, a 35-year-old man named Suresh, was holding the goat meant for sacrifice in Valasapalli village, in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh.
The accused, named Chalapathi, was supposed to carry out the animal sacrifice and cut off the goat’s head.
However, the priest ended up using the knife to cut the throat of Suresh instead. Several local reports said the victim was beheaded.
The United News of India (UNI) news agency reported that Suresh left behind his wife and two children.
According to UNI, the sacrifice happened as part of the animal festival Kanuma, also known as Pasuvula Panduga, which happens on the third day of the Sankranthi in Andhra Pradesh.
It was organized at the local Yellamma temple, dedicated to the patron goddess of Andhra Pradesh.