In a shocking incident, a headless body of a youngster in India was found in a field. His genitals were also chopped off.
The gruesome incident occurred in the village of Masika, Uttar Pradesh, according to an international news website.
It was revealed that the 20-year-old vegetable seller was killed on November 9.
His body was found in a mustard field near a new railway line. Villagers discovered the body on Sunday morning and informed the police.
The victim was identified as Rahul while his parents were businessman Kewatan Basti and his wife Bitola Devi.
Shortly after the police arrived at the scene, the victim’s family arrived and managed to identify their son on the basis of his clothes.
The scene attracted a crowd of hundreds, who reportedly demanding immediate action to be taken against those responsible. However, officers initially refused to start an investigation.
Instead of sending the body for a postmortem, officers searched for the victim’s missing head. The search went on for three hours but they were unsuccessful.
Two mobile phones and a bike was also missing from the scene.
Eventually a postmortem report revealed that the victim was strangled to death and his head and genitals were later cut off using a large knife.
On the day of the murder, Rahul returned home from the stall in the evening. At the time, his mother went upstairs.
He later took his bike and left the house. After realising that her son had gone, Devi tried calling Rahul but he did not answer.
The investigation revealed that his phone was switched off at 8:30 pm. His concerned parents went out looking for him to no avail. The next morning, his body was found by villagers.
Police continue to search for the remaining body parts as well as the mobile phones and bike. Officers suspect that the murder was committed as a method of intimidation towards his family. However, more details remain unclear.