A 10-year-old boy has been found with his throat slit in Nepal in what is suspected to be a case of human sacrifice.Eleven people have been arrested after police recovered the decomposed body of Jivan Kohar, the Kathmandu Post and other reports said.

Boy, 10, Killed In Suspected

Jivan’s body was recovered from a bush on Friday in Kudiya village in Nawalparasi district, which borders India.

He had been missing for three days.

The newspaper said the father of a sick man had confessed to the killing “to chase away the evil spirits” from his ailing son after seeking advice from a village shaman.

He allegedly lured the boy with the help of neighbours to an isolated place by offering a pack of biscuits and the equivalent of 30p.

He then allegedly performed a religious rite, killed the boy and dumped his body in a bush, according to media reports.

The man, his brother and the shaman are among those arrested.

More than 80% of Nepal’s 28 million people are Hindus. Many frequently sacrifice animals such as like goats or buffaloes to appease the gods.