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Jharkhand: Elderly couple killed for ‘witchcraft’; 3 arrested

This is the second case of murder on suspicion of witchcraft in Jharkhand in a week.

By: Express News Service | Ranchi |
December 17, 2016 3:30:01 am
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THREE PEOPLE were arrested on Friday on charges of beating an elderly couple to death and then burning their bodies in Tembra village of Jharkhand’s Simdega district on suspicion of practising witchcraft.

From initial interrogation of the arrested suspects, the police have learnt that they believed the couple — identified as Lohra Singh (70) and wife Chorati Devi (62) — had used witchcraft and was responsible for the death of four close relatives of the accused.

This is the second case of murder on suspicion of witchcraft in Jharkhand in a week.

The latest incident, according to the police, took place late Tuesday night. A team from Girda police outpost, under Bano police station of the district, reached Tembra, located in a Maoist insurgency-affected area, and found the bodies hidden in a stack of freshly cut paddy in a farm close to the victims’ house. The house, too, was set on fire and was half-charred, the police said.

“The bodies bore injury marks; some parts of the bodies were completely charred,” Sub-Divisional Police Officer (Simdega) Amit Kumar Singh said on Friday. “The accused had set the house on fire… Following interrogation, it came to light that three people were involved.”

The officer said all three suspects were arrested.

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