In a horrific incident, a 35-year old man who claimed to be under the command of a ghost, chopped off his three-year-old daughter's ears. 

The incident occurred at the wee hours of Thursdays in East Delhi's GTB Enclave when the accused, Amrit Bahadur entered the house in an inebriated state alleging that the ghost has asked him to hurt his daughter Bina. 

“He told the police that a ghost asked him to make the girl cry or else it would take her away. He threw water on Bina, after which she started crying,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shahdara) Nupur Prasad, The Hindu reported. 

However, as the 'ghost' demanded blood, he sliced both the ears of the child and kept them in a corner. As the child started screaming in pain, Bahadur's wife and other children, who have woken up by now attempted to stop him, the TOI reported. 

The neighbours were then alerted who in turn immediately informed the police.

"When our team entered the house, the man was about to slash the girl's throat," said Nupur Prasad, DCP (Shahdara).

The injured child was promptly rushed to Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital in the vicinity and was later shifted to AIIMS where a surgery to reattach her ears has been scheduled on Friday. 

The accused has been booked under Sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt of the) of the IPC and subsequently arrested. 

He had been hallucinating for a while

According to TOI, family members of Bahadur informed police that he has been hallucinating for a while now which only started after the death of his one-year-old daughter two months ago.

“She was unwell and died a natural death. He said the ghost told him it would take his second daughter as well unless he did as asked,” said the officer, The Hindu reported.  

Amrit Bahadur had come to Delhi in 2000 from Nepal in search for a job and married his sister-in-law after his brother's death a few years ago.