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Tribal couple tied to tree, beaten up by villagers in Odisha on suspicion of 'practicing witchcraft'

Baripada: A tribal couple was allegedly tied to a tree and beaten up by a group of villagers on the suspicion that they practised witchcraft at Madhupur in Mayurbhanj district in Odisha, the police said on Monday.

Though the incident took place on 22 October, the matter came to light when Radhimani Sing, wife of Siba Sing, filed an FIR at Badasahi police station on November three, said Sub-divisional Police Officer (SDPO), Betnoti, Dhiren Nanda.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

In the FIR, Radhimani alleged that five villagers tied her husband Siba Sing to a tree and thrashed him, causing him serious injuries. When she protested, the villagers also beat her up after tying her to the tree in the presence of several people.

Siba Singh, who suffered grievous injuries in the assault, was admitted to hospital at Baripada. The villagers suspected that some people died in the village recently
because of witchcraft, the police said.

Some locals alleged that four other women were also beaten up together with the tribal couple on the suspicion of practising witchcraft.

The SDPO said he had visited the village and the accused would be arrested soon.

Published Date: Nov 06, 2017 14:04 PM | Updated Date: Nov 06, 2017 14:04 PM

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