The Gulbarga police on Thursday arrested seven persons on charges of attempting a human sacrifice at Rayanagola village in Surpur taluk.

According to the police, Raul Sab Amin Sab Mukhtedar, a resident of Rayanagola, and his second wife, had been told by Haji Baba Mulla, an astrologer, that they would find wealth in their fields if they sacrificed a human being.

Accordingly, Mukhtedar decided to sacrifice Imam Sab Dual Sab (12), his son from the first marriage. The couple was preparing for the sacrifice on Wednesday evening. However, people of the village, who became suspicious about their activities, called the police.

A team, led by Circle Inspector Shankar Ragi, arrested seven persons and seized a vehicle, a few sharp weapons and some materials reportedly used in black magic. The boy was saved.