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Indian man sacrifices mom to goddess Kali

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SILIGURI — A man in West Bengal state in Eastern India has sacrificed his mother as an offering to Goddess Kali on Friday.

According to police authorities, the accused, identified as Narayan Mahato (35), had sliced off the head of his mother Phuli Mahato (55) with a sharp-edged blade, used to sacrifice animals during worship.

The incident occurred on Friday evening when she was cleaning the compound of the Kali temple.

Mahato, the youngest son of the woman who is a tantrik, then went to the residence of his elder brother with the blood-smeared weapon and claimed that their mother had sacrificed before the idol, said the police.

According to his neighbors, the so called  tantric, who performed occult rituals, had also installed the Kali temple at his home.

The elder brother then rushed to the house with the accused and discovered the severed head of their mother lying in a pool of blood with the torso some distance away.

The accused has been taken into the  police custody late Friday night and following interrogation, he confessed that he sacrificed his mother as goddess Kali’s wish.

The accused explained that the goddess Kali ‘had asked him to sacrifice his mother in dream for the well-being of the family,’ the officer said.

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India’s 700 year old banyan tree put on saline drip

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HYDERABAD — The world’s second largest Banyan tree in Pillalamarri of Mahabubnagar district in Indian state of Telangana is on ‘saline drip’ now as part of the rejuvenation of the tree that is almost dying.

The 700-year-old ficus tree is now given treatment by injecting a diluted chemical to kill termite population that infested the tree.

The tree was spread across three acres and is believed to be the second biggest Banyan tree in the world,according to news agency ANI.

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One of its branches got infested by insects and is on saline drip as part of the rejuvenation. The tree is given treatment by injecting diluted chemical to kill termite population that infested it.

Termites had affected almost entire tree due to which parts of it are fallen, and it closed for tourists in December 2017.

District collector of Mahbubnagar inspected the tree and ordered forest officials to take care of it. They began the treatment of the tree with mixed chlorpyrifos(Pesticide) in saline bottle.

Forest officials are infusing the chemical solution drop by drop using saline bottles similar to a saline drip given to patients in the hospital as pumping of chemical into the stem failed. The solution was injected in the barks of the tree.

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