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2 killed in Karbi Anglong after locals’ suspects a widow in practising witchcraft

Two people were killed by a mob in a remote village in Assam’s Karbi Anglong district after locals suspected a 50 years old widow of practising witchcraft and set their body on fire, police sources said

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Haflong: Two people were killed by a mob in a remote village in Assam’s Karbi Anglong district after locals suspected a 50 years old widow of practising witchcraft and set their body on fire, police sources said.

The incident happened on Wednesday night but was reported to the police on Thursday morning and recovered remains of the persons. Police have so far arrested nine villagers (including 3 women) in this connection

The incident took place at Rohimapur village (around 90 km away from dist HQ Diphu) under the Dokmoka police station of Karbi Anglong district after locals suspected that a 50-year-old widow was practising witchcraft after a village girl had died under mysterious circumstances.

A kangaroo court sentenced her death and soon a mob started to beat her and attacked her with sharp weapons. When a 28-year-old teacher of the village Bijoy Gaur (unrelated) intervened and accused them of being superstitious, he too was attacked and killed, police sources added.

The village is inhabited by people from the Adivasi community who are daily wage worker and farmers.

Some of the villagers alleged that the widow was practising witchcraft. A kangaroo court trial judged her as a witch and held her responsible for “bad fortunes” of the people in the village including deaths, police sources said.

“On Thursday morning, upon receiving the information, we went to the spot. We collected the mortal remains of the victims from the burning pyre as well. We also collected soil samples from the spot. We have seized the sharp weapons used for the crime and have arrested nine people,” said Debojit Deori, Karbi Anglong’s Superintendent of Police.

The nine accused have been arrested from the same village and the same community. They will be produced in the court on Friday, police sources added.