In Jharkhand’s Gumla and Pakur district, two people were murdered on the suspicion of witch-craft on Saturday. The first incident was reported from Gadi Surma village of Pakur district where few villagers allegedly thrashed Rupa Pahadiya with sticks to death suspecting him to be captivated by “witches”.
Following the incident, the wife of the deceased Shanti Pahadiya lodged an FIR of murder against dozens of villagers.
Upon the receiving the complaint, the police investigated the case while the body of the deceased was taken to Sadar Hospital for post mortem.
The deceased’s wife, Shanti, told that “villagers had repeatedly assaulted my husband in the wake of ‘Dayan Bisahi‘ suspicion. On Friday, the villagers also made a serious blow to this suspicion by stabbing a stick to my husband. The next, villagers again beat Rupa which led to his death.”
In a similar incident, a 50-year-old man named Narayan Khadiya was killed on suspicion of “Witchcraft”. The incident took place on Friday in the Bela village of Gumla district where, four youths identified as Doctor Uranv, Arun Uranv, Kuldeep Uranv, and Jitiya Khadiya attack Narayan, his wife and other family members on suspicion of witch-craft.
Amid the ruckus, Narayan was killed while his wife Birsi Khadiya was seriously injured. She alleged that on Friday night at about 9:30 PM, the accused four barged into their house and started thrashing her husband and other family members.
Upon receiving the information, police got into a prompt action. While the body of the deceased was sent for the post-mortem, the injured ones were taken to the Sardar Hospital for the treatment.