Police on Tuesday arrested a second man suspected, along with his brother, of eating the body of a newborn baby whose head was found at their home, officials said.
Farman Ali was detained a day after police arrested his brother Mohammad Arif following the grisly discovery at their house in the Bhakkar district of Punjab province. The pair had been arrested for eating human corpses in the same village in 2011 and served two years in prison in a case that shocked Pakistan.
Arif has told police that Ali stole the body of the two-day-old child from a graveyard in Darya Khan village before they cooked and ate it.
Ameer Abdullah, police chief of Bhakkar district where the village is located, said that Ali was detained on Tuesday and the brothers had been brought to court for a remand hearing.
There is no specific offense of cannibalism in Pakistani law, so Abdullah said they had been charged under anti-terrorism laws and for desecrating a human body.
In the 2011 case police found the body of a 24-year-old woman at the men’s house—minus a leg, which they had eaten.
The suspects will undergo psychiatric tests, Abdullah said.