Lohardarga (Jharkhand), July 21 (ANI): Some residents of Jharkhand's Lohardaga District lynched a couple after accusing them of practising witchcraft on Wednesday.
Tetari Devi, a local Anganwadi (a government sponsored child-care and mother-care center) worker, and her husband Thakaru Oraon, were beaten to death by villagers of Guriya Toli area of Bansari village in the Lohardaga district of the state.
When an inquiry was conducted, the villagers accepted that they committed the crime and said that the couple practised witchcraft and killed many villagers.
"The village has witnessed a number of deaths for which they are to be blamed. Hence, out of vengeance, all the villagers decided to kill them," said Vimla Oraon, a resident of bansari village, Lohardaga.
Stick-wielding women prevented the police team that had come to the village looking for the bodies from entering the village.
Anjani Kumar, police incharge of Senha police station in Lohardaga said that a case of murder was registered.
"We discovered the bodies in the morning. (Reporters questioning) The bodies were tied with ropes and disposed in the river. (Reporters questioning) Yes, the case has been registered against fifteen to twenty villagers," said Kumar.
According to mediapersons, the couple's daughter Salo Kumari, had informed police about the incident.
The village headman (Sarpanch) while expressing his condolences said that significant steps should be taken to eradicate such practises.
"We have to awaken the people and root out such superstitious beliefs out from their mind, and stop them from committing such crimes. (Reporters questioning) Yes, they have been killed as they were practising witchcraft," said Ranthu Oraon, the village headman (Sarpanch).
Beliefs in witchcraft, and resulting witch-hunts, are practised in many cultures and take place across the globe. (ANI)