The 7 year old girl who had suffered severe burns during a Bahirava pooja ritual held in Dehiatakandiya – Kadirapura has been transferred from the Polonnaruwa Hospital to the Colombo National Hospital.
A husband and wife who went into trance during this ritual tried to force a knife into the mouth of a 15 year old girl, which resulted in her death.
The 7 year old Hansika Kumari was admitted to the Polonnaruwa hospital and a 19 year old mother of one was admitted to the Dehiattakandiya Hospital following burn injuries.
The husband and wife had been holding various rituals throughout the week and had held the Bahirava pooja ritual near their house this morning.
The deceased 7 year old girl, was a student of the Dehiattakandiya – Dolakanda Maha Vidyalaya and her mother had travelled abroad several years ago.
Police media spokesperson SSP Prishantha Jayakody stated that the two individuals have been arrested and are in the custody of the Dehiattakandiya police and that they are still in a trance.