Shocking: Human sacrifice for hidden treasure in Sullia?

Shocking: Human sacrifice for hidden treasure in Sullia?

Daijiworld Media Network – Sullia (EP)

Sullia, Nov 18: Our land has witnessed several rulers in history and people assume that their treasurers are hidden underground in various places in the country.  We also hear some instances of finding such wealth in some parts of the country. But it is disturbing to know that some people are prepared to sacrifice humans to find such wealth. The story that follows tells us of a series of deaths that are suspected to be humans sacrifices, though it is not clear if such killings have taken place only for finding treasure.


People in Sullia started picking precious stones in the reserved forest area about 25 years ago.  Traders from Jaipur came to buy those stones. The business has spread and continued till now. Though everybody used to pick such stones in the beginning, gradually only influential people and those with muscle power could venture into it. The business continued to such an extent, that there were constant arguments and fights between the forest department officials and people. The area between Sullia forest and Coorg’s Somavarpet had no security. The forest department had become helpless in front of the precious stone pickers. People near the forests had lost their sleep amidst all the tension.

The green, red and blue stones found in Balugodu, Kollamogra and Nadugallu of Sullia taluk fetched a price of Rs eight to nine thousand per kg. People who were looting stones had ventured into places where the stones were available in large numbers. They identified a historic temple in Ratnapura in the middle of the forest. Though going there is difficult due to presence of leeches, there are signs that there was a temple there thousands of years ago.  However, only a lake can be found now.  The remaining structure has got destroyed, say the locals.

Hidden treasure

Treasure seekers still believe that there are precious stones in the place of the old temple here even now.  A group was preparing to dig the ground about three years ago, but they backed off when they saw some troubling scene.  It is well known that precious stones are available all over the area.  Many people have become millionaires by selling these stones.  It is believed that goddess Durgaparameshwari, the divine force was annoyed with the misrule of the local king and had come flowing in the river and started living in Marakatha near Subrahmanya temple.  People say that precious stones known as Marakatha can be found if one searches in the area.

Ever since the secret of the hidden treasure of Ratnapura was unraveled, people have had their eyes on it. Attempts to search for the treasure have continued.

'Human sacrifice'

However, the search took a dangerous turn later.  Several unnatural deaths have stunned local people in the area. There are rumours that an astrologer had advised human sacrifice in order to retrieve the treasure.

Sharika, a one-year-old child of Mohandas and Bhavani of Nadugallu had gone missing on August 11 this year. The child's body was found after thirteen days on the river bed about one kilometer away from their house, with her head and hands chopped off.  The parents suspect that the child might have been sacrificed for treasure.

Mohandas had gone out for work and his wife had gone for a meeting on August 10.  The child was left with her grandmother. The child came out of the house without the notice of her grandmother.  The police said that the child had gone near the river nearly one hundred meters away from the house and was washed away in it. Though the villagers went searching for her, they could not locate her.  The parents had gone to the astrologer who said that the child was living and could be found if searched.  However, the police said that it was not possible to find the child based on astrologer’s assumptions.  They said that the child might have been eaten by creatures in the river.

The child’s mother Bhavani said that the body of the child was found in a sleeping position on a small tree. The body from the head till the chest was decomposed.  One hand was also decomposed. But as per the locals, the remaining portion of the body was not decomposed, which was strange.  However, the police who conducted post-mortem said that her entire body was decomposed.  The doctor also confirmed it.  However the body seemed like the child had died just a day ago.  Her neck was decomposed but body was intact. 

Another strange fact is that the villagers had not found the body there a day earlier when they came searching for the child. There was no foul smell either.

Ananda, who conducted the search for the child said that Sharika was sacrificed for treasure. The parents claim that they have not been able to get justice due to their poverty.  The body of the child was found on August 23. 

Series of deaths

A woman in the area committed suicide under mysterious circumstances on September 7.  It is alleged that the woman had taken the child Sharika from the veranda of the house.  The villagers are suspicious regarding the suicide of the woman.  70-year old Parameshwara Gowda, who was staying alone at Balugodu was murdered on September 16 night.  He has been killed apparently to extract some information by tying his hands and legs and covering his face and pouring water on him.  The astrologer at Valalambe in Sullia who had suggested th way to obtain the treasure and who had subsequently warned against it, died of heart attack on September 20.  Soon after, Dyavanna Gowda, who was suffering from back pain, died of heart attack while climbing a tree.  It is strange that he tried climbing a tree when he could not even walk properly.

Durgaprasad, a local said that he has apprehension regarding the five unnatural deaths that have occurred here. People suspect that the deaths are occurring for treasure.  The police however have taken the deaths lightly.  Subrahmanya police have registered FIR against thirteen people with regard to the search for treasure. Four people including a black magician have been arrested.  A case has been registered against five people with regard to the death of an old man and two of them are under arrest.  However the prime suspect has not been arrested.  The police must find out who actually is behind the killings, say the locals.

Durgaprasad said that some people have dug a well near a lake in the forest in their search for the treasure.  The material for puja such as oil bottles and other things have been found there.  The villagers have expressed anguish that the police department and revenue department who need to take action against the guilty have remained silent.

The locals have said that the revenue department should have acted as the treasure is a government property.  As the treasure was said to be present in the forest, the forest department also should have taken action. Besides that, Sukumar, who was present at the time of Parameshwara Gowda's death, is also being suspected.  Though his name is in the FIR, he is yet to be arrested.  The people are scared wondering who would be the next victim of the search for the hidden treasure.

The reason for the child’s death's has still not been ascertained.  It is suspected that Parameshwar Gowda was killed to know the details of the treasure.  The other two murders are assumed to have taken place to destroy evidence.  It is not clear how the astrologer died but he had warned that it may be disastrous to proceed with the treasure hunt.  It is still a mystery as to who are after the treasure or to whose hands it will fall. 

Lack of action against the guilty will result in continued deaths and murders, lament the villagers.


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  • lalitha, yedamangla

    Sat, Mar 01 2014

    Magu na kalkonda novu mathra namge gottu.Chintu We r missing u all.nam magu ge ada hage ennondu magu ge agade erli

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangalore

    Thu, Nov 21 2013

    Human sacrifice for hidden treasure is a barbaric act and one cannot imagine this happening in a developed place called Sullia which is fully condemnable.Hope the police are active to nab the culprits and put them behind the bars for life.Thanq.

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  • John Tauro, M'lore / Kuwait

    Wed, Nov 20 2013

    Killing innocent children in the name of sacrifice is a gross violation of both fundamental rights as well as a constitutional right, i.e. right to live or right to life. The culprits who have committed this horrible crime must be severely dealt with maximum punishment. Whether anti-superstition law is enacted or not, such acts not less than murder and hence the perpetrators must be punished accordingly.

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  • Simon Francis Lasrado,, Sullia/Bangalore

    Wed, Nov 20 2013

    These kind of superstitions are often happen in Sullia when the people of this place strongly believe in it..we can't help...God only can save their souls.Who has to be blamed..politician or aam admi?

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  • A. S. Mathew, U.S.A.

    Tue, Nov 19 2013

    No religion would be exempted. Any religion which will take away the lives of human beings-physical torture and degrading them under the shield of religion, the law must be strictly applied. Which GOD is interested to see the killing of innocent and defenseless human beings and bloodshed?

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  • Gretta, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 19 2013

    The government should at once stop all the activity involving the collecting, storing and selling of the stones by the people in and around Sullia. The government has the power to do that. If they wait for the evidence and witnesses some more lives will be lost. Hope the government is not dozing.

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  • praba, mangalore

    Tue, Nov 19 2013

    Human sacrifice is a crime. Law against Black Magic is already there. still these kind of murder's is taking place.

    We are opposing the Anti Superstition bill because it is targeting only Hindu beliefs and few practices in which we have faith and itz not harmful to self or others like astrology, vastu etc....

    Why is government not including animal sacrifice in the bill??

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  • JNB, Bejai

    Tue, Nov 19 2013

    Yeddy government even sacrificed one donkey also

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  • Arun , Udupi/DxB

    Tue, Nov 19 2013

    Oh my God..! Whats happening around Mangalore? Where are the barking fundamental Pseudos who are against Govt. proposed ANTI-SUPERSTITION BILL,till now i don't see any comments from them !

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  • Humayun, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 19 2013

    Can any one fund me i wanna make this script into a movie , the name could be "Andera" or may be "Gupt2" sounds scary , interesting , mysterious,suspense .Rather than going in search of the treasure in dreams of getting money invest on me to convert this story into a movie it could be a blockbuster, automatically you can be rich.

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  • Mohandas Kapikad, Mangaluru

    Tue, Nov 19 2013

    We need not defend the Bill in the name of the above incident. The existing law itself is sufficient to curb the practice of such brutality. Moreover, 'Astrology' has never prescribed a human sacrifice, & it might work of some person practicing evil work. Again, such instance needs proper Police enquiry & people should comment on the report than on mere news. Authenticity of the news should be first checked.

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  • Aadil Khan, Kasaragod, Saudi Arabia

    Tue, Nov 19 2013

    Dont you think the anti - superstition bill is the need of the hour?

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  • avani, mlore

    Tue, Nov 19 2013

    When the issue of Superstition bill was going around, I was in fact had a feeling that soon such a story will crop up in the media. However, I do not want to agree or disagree about human sacrifice has actually happened or not in the instances mentioned here. Let police or concerned dept investigate and find out. Also, I cannot opine about whether the superstition bill need to be passed or not as I do not know what are all the actions it intend to ban. Having said that there should be no doubt that superstition acts like black magic, human & animal sacrifice and the like which has the intentions/effects of ruining one's life should be banned.

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  • Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Tue, Nov 19 2013

    Once again debate will take the hot seat regarding “Anti Superstition Bill” but we don’t need any bill to curb this kind of cruelty. Better our Police should catch this culprit and offer his head to unknown Ghost somewhere. I have to reply for those asking about the BJP’s ethics questioning “Anti Superstition Bill” Nothing wrong in passing Anti Superstition Bill but change the wording wherever it is mentioned “Hindu” to be replaced with all religion including Islam, Christianity, Catholics, etc, etc

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  • For Justice, Abu Dhabi / Ubar

    Tue, Nov 19 2013

    I don't think any religion's followers who know very well about their religion oppose this bill.

    But we have to question government's cheap politics by naming only Hindu superstition,why not others is a valid & timely concern.

    As usual Siddu & Co will extend this bill to apply for all religions i guess or may cancel it forever.

    Decision ದೆಪ್ಪುನಗ ಕಲಿ ಪರೋಡ್ಚಿ ಮಾರ್ರೆ .. ..

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  • fouzia, mangalore l dubai

    Tue, Nov 19 2013

    ufff paise ki laluch ...takes away the life of innocent people ....:(

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  • TrueIndian, bangalore

    Tue, Nov 19 2013

    Oh my god. Is this place still in sati system era?.. Wish Raja Ram Mohan Roy and Annie Besant was alive today, they would ban such menace. Please Pass that bill and stop this menace of killing...

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  • juliana, udupi

    Tue, Nov 19 2013

    Illiterate people indulge in criminal activities like killing in the name of superstition with the hope to gain material wealth all of a sudden which result in mass fear and nothing else. It is sad to learn that these people live with such kind of mentality.

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  • Bulsam, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 19 2013

    Blind belief and superstition is still prevailing in the RSS strong Sullia region. Compared to the urban dwellers, they are still far backward hence the Sangh Parivar exploits them through blind religious belief.
    It is high time that the government introduce anti-superstition bill in the assembly as early as possible. This will stop misuse of religion by all the three major faiths in the region.

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  • Mangalorean, Mangalore

    Mon, Nov 18 2013

    For God's sake take this as the biggest example n pass the damn bill..enough is enough..lives r being lost..its not a simple thing..pls..nly those parents know their pain..

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  • Ashok, Mangalore

    Mon, Nov 18 2013

    What is the reaction from BJP leaders in this regard

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  • SEEMA, m'lore

    Tue, Nov 19 2013

    Ashok, Mangalore.

    State government is Congi... Not Bjp...

    Siddu has to say something about this...

    Keep in mind

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    Mon, Nov 18 2013


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    Mon, Nov 18 2013

    Hang Till Death all the people who practice such evil for hidden treasure. The anti superstition law should be brought throughout India & lives of innocent children can be saved.

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  • Abdul Rafiq, Uchila / Dubai

    Mon, Nov 18 2013

    Very sad to hear that one year old baby lost her life because of superstition in this modernized era also.
    BJP-Sangha Parivaar don't want to implement any law against this and they support this kind of inhumane activity. They want to protect only cattle, no value for human life.
    Residents of this area should take extra care about their children, otherwise some more people will lose their kids.

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  • Peter Pereira, Nagoya, Japan

    Mon, Nov 18 2013

    Is Sullia in Karnataka ? Now I know why BJP is opposing the anti superstition bill. Where are all those useless Sena, Dal, Vedike who protect cow but silent on the deaths of innocent children ?

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  • prem, moodbidri

    Mon, Nov 18 2013

    ...and we have lots of people, who don't want to put a full stop for superstitious beliefs.

    Ajja netta goli marakke...

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  • Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah

    Mon, Nov 18 2013


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  • Dev Sagar, Mangalore

    Mon, Nov 18 2013

    This is the very reason the Karnataka Govt. wants to implement anti superstition law but the BJP and its allies who are living in the past are opposing the same!

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  • Prashan, Mlore/Duabi

    Mon, Nov 18 2013

    Strange story, but nothing to support the claims made. Most of the story looks like rumors and exaggerations of facts. However clear police investigation required to end the speculation. This news looks more like the one we read in the evening newspapers without any fact or investigation.

    Can anyone say what stone is marakatha? Is it really worth millions??

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  • For Justice, Abu Dhabi / Ubar

    Mon, Nov 18 2013

    MY GOD !!!After reading the full story,unable to come out of deep shock!

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  • Manju, Kundapur

    Mon, Nov 18 2013

    Why Thimarodi not protesting against this unlawful act of human sacrifice?

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  • Ramakrishna. K. , Mangalore

    Mon, Nov 18 2013

    Thimmarody is from Belthangady and hence he is protesting for the Murders that took place in Belthangady Taluk.
    It is the duty of Leaders of Sullia from all parties to protest against such Human Sacrifice and Police apathy in Sullia Taluk.

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  • Truth First, Mangalore

    Mon, Nov 18 2013

    This article is an eye opener for people who were against the Anti Superstition bill.
    If modi had proposed this bill, the same set of people would comment- "wow, this is true development!Reality first, Superstition later etc"

    Guys we are in the 21st century , and this is killing the lives of hundreds of people mostly kid every year. Only a few like this come to limelight!!!

    Instead of politicizing such stuffs whenever a sensible law is launched, learn to appreciate it!!!

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  • Vincy, Bangkok

    Mon, Nov 18 2013

    BJP was opposing the law on black magic and now what?Why siddu should not go ahead with his reforms to save the people.

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  • Cong, Mangalore

    Mon, Nov 18 2013

    Not only BJP man your pa J. Poojary also opposed or prevented to sidhu to go ahead.

    What ya Vincy you? Properly read all newspapers.

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  • Aubb, Kuwait

    Wed, Nov 20 2013

    @ Cong, M'Lore

    Siddu kottaroo, Poojari bidanu....!!!

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