The incident happened Saturday night in Barunighata village of the district, some 240 km from Kolkata.
"We arrested three people, including a woman who practises witchcraft, for attempting human sacrifice," a police officer said.
According to police, Samrat Maal, seeking to resolve marital discord, had approached the woman, who told him that a resolution of his problems was possible if tantric rituals that required the head of a human being were performed.
Maal was also told that Saturday was an auspicious day for human sacrifice, being Kali Puja day.
In his attempt to attack a man from the village, Maal and an accomplice were caught by villagers who later handed him to the police.
The woman was arrested later, after the two men were interrogated.
--IANS (Posted on 03-11-2013)