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Drunk man tries to sacrifice goat stabs fatal victim in neck of person who held the animal

Drunk Priest Attempting To Sacrifice A Goat Kills Man Holding The Animal By Accidentally Slitting His Throat During Indian Ceremony

  • The suspect, named Chalapathi, was intended to cut off a goat’s head in a ritual
  • But he would have missed his target and slit the throat of a 35-year-old man
  • Bleeding profusely, the victim was rushed to a local hospital and pronounced dead
  • Several reports said the victim was beheaded, although photos allegedly showing the late Suresh in hospital seemed to disprove this
  • WARNING: Graphics



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A drunken priest allegedly killed a man during an animal sacrifice in India.

The suspect, named Chalapathi, intended to chop off a goat’s head as part of the Sunday celebrations for the Sankrati – a Hindu holiday.

Instead, the priest is said to have missed his target and cut the throat of 35-year-old Suresh, the man holding the goat.

Several reports said the victim had been beheaded, although photos allegedly showing the late Suresh in hospital seemed to disprove this.

The horrific incident took place in Valasapalli in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, with local news outlets reporting that the incident was a tragic accident.

The United News of India (UNI) news agency reported that Suresh was married and had two children.

The suspect, named Chalapathi, intended to chop off a goat's head as part of the Sunday celebrations for the Sankrati - a Hindu holiday.  Instead, the priest is said to have missed his target and slit the throat of 35-year-old Suresh (pictured), the man holding the goat

The suspect, named Chalapathi, intended to chop off a goat’s head as part of the Sunday celebrations for the Sankrati – a Hindu holiday. Instead, the priest is said to have missed his target and slit the throat of 35-year-old Suresh (pictured), the man holding the goat

The sacrifice was part of the Kanuma animal festival, also known as Pasuvula Panduga, according to the UNI. Kanuma takes place on the third day of Sankranthi in Andhra Pradesh.

According to the India Times, a large group of villages gathered on Sunday evening to begin the ritual, which lasted until midnight.

The crowd walked to a temple dedicated to the goddess Yellamma (the patron goddess of Andhra Pradesh) on the outskirts of the village to perform the ritual animal sacrifice.

It was then that the fatal incident occurred, in which the drunken priest in charge of performing the sacrifice missed his mark.

Bleeding profusely, the victim was taken to the government hospital in Madanpelle, where he was pronounced dead.

A video of the victim in the hospital shows a wound on his neck.

According to local reports, Chalapathi has been arrested.

The horrific incident took place in Valasapalli in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, with local news outlets reporting that the incident was a tragic accident.  Bleeding profusely, the victim (pictured) was taken to Madanpelle government hospital, where he was pronounced dead

The horrific incident took place in Valasapalli in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, with local news outlets reporting that the incident was a tragic accident.  Bleeding profusely, the victim (pictured) was taken to Madanpelle government hospital, where he was pronounced dead

The horrific incident took place in Valasapalli in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, with local news outlets reporting that the incident was a tragic accident. Bleeding profusely, the victim (pictured) was taken to Madanpelle government hospital, where he was pronounced dead

Every year animals are sacrificed in this way at the Yellamma Temple.

Sankranti is a Hindu festival dedicated to the worship of Lord Surya, the sun god. The festival marks the day when the sun sets in Makara Rashi, or Capricorn’s zodiac.

It also marks the end of winter, longer daylight hours and the start of a new harvest season.

According to the solar calendar, this day falls on January 14, but the celebrations can last for several days.

Traditionally, in India, people mark the date with festivals, going to temples and taking a cleansing bath in the Ganges River.

But according to local reports, animals are also sacrificed as part of the celebrations, a practice that is becoming less popular among Hindus.

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