DHAKA ? A Bangladeshi laborer was murdered by brick-field workers, who burnt his head in a kiln in the belief this would redden their bricks, police said Sunday.
Four suspects were arrested for beheading the 26-year-old bricklayer in a remote town in northern Bangladesh on the instructions of the brick-field's owners, said local police chief Golam Sarwar Bhuiyan.
"They said the owners were unhappy as the brick-field was not producing reddish bricks despite enough heating. A fortune teller then suggested that the brick-field needed a human sacrifice," he said.
Police were searching for the owners and the fortune teller, he added.
Red bricks are in huge demand in Bangladesh's countryside as the color is seen as proof the bricks have been baked properly.