Bhiwandi, April 6: The body of a girl has been found in bushes in Bhiwandi. The girl had been missing for some days. Her hands had been chopped off, indicating that the murder could be a case of human sacrifice.

The girl had gone missing from near her house on Tuesday in Gautam Nagar. She had gone along with her brother to play in the neighbourhood. Her brother returned home early, while the girl continued playing with her friends. When she didn’t return till late evening, her parents went out to look for her. They later approached the police with a missing complaint.

The girl’s body sans hands was found barely 300 meters from her house. She also had injury marks on the back. The body has been sent for post-mortem.

A case under IPC sections 302 (murder) and 201 (causing the disappearance of evidence of offence) has been registered, the police said.