Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Rayagada, Aug 21:
A day after two persons were allegedly hacked to death on suspicion of practicing witchcraft in Nathma village in Odisha’s Rayagada district, their headless bodies were recovered from Salingi forest, two kms away from the village, this morning.
Rayagada police have detained two persons – Niranjan Meleka and Melesi Minieka – of Nathma village for their involvement in the killing.
Police sources said it was the two people detained today who led them to the spot where the bodies of Apadu Melaka and Litika Pidika – the two persons killed on suspicion of practicing sorcery in the wee hours of Thursday – had been buried.
The heads and genitals of the deceased had been burnt a short distance away from the place where the bodies had been buried.
A remorseless Niranjan Meleka readily admitted that he had taken the lead in killing Melaka and Pidika. “A few months ago, my son died from an unknown disease. Recently, my wife fell seriously ill. I had gone to a soothsayer who told me that these people were responsible for my son’s death and my wife’s illness,” he told OST.
Meleka said they burnt the heads and genitals of the deceased since he was told by the soothsayer that they could come back to life if he did not do that.
Apadu Melaka and Litika Pidika had gone missing after some villagers barged into their house on Wednesday midnight and assaulted them. Soon after, they were dragged along the village road with their hands tied. Since then, the fate of the missing duo was unknown.
The village wore a deserted look as a majority of the inhabitants have fled their houses fearing police crackdown though there was no formal complaint booked with the police.
Notably, the daughter of one of the deceased Litika Pidika was rescued by some journalists from her home and handed over to the Rayagada police yesterday.