Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Patapur (Ganjam), Jul 1:
A group of irate villagers of Dhepaguda village of Sanakhemundi block in Odisha’s Ganjam district burnt a fellow villager live late on Tuesday night suspecting him of practising sorcery.
Police have arrested one of the accused and his associate while the hunt is on for another accused, said Ajay Barik, IIC of Patapur Police Station.
According to reports, people of Dhepaguda village suspected Prakash Mallick (45) of practising sorcery for some days.
Giving details of the incident, the IIC said one Runa Mallick (28) of the village was taking a sack of paddy to the rooftop of his house on June 28 when his foot slipped and he fell down from the staircase.
He was rushed to the Digapahandi CHC for treatment from where he was shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Brahmapur where he succumbed to his injuries the next day.
The family members brought the body to the village and cremated in the late at night.
However, two brothers of Runa were not in a mood the believe that the death of their brother was an accident.
They suspected that Prakash was also responsible for the death of their paternal uncle Japani Mallick six months ago and their father Krushna Mallick a year ago.
Suspecting that the death of their brother was due to sorcery, Runa’s two brothers—Nilanchal Mallick and Tuna Mallick went to Prakash’s house and severely thrashed him with a bamboo stick. As Prakash became unconscious, they took him to the village cremation ground and threw him to the pyre of their brother.
Following a complaint lodged by Nabin Mallick, son of the deceased, with the Patapur police on Tuesday, a team of Patapur police led by the IIC rushed to the village. During investigation, police seized the bones and ash from the cremation ground and seized the bamboo stick from the spot.
Police later arrested Tuna Mallick and his associate Maguni Mallick.
“We have a registered a case under section 302 and 201 of the IPC. Efforts are on to nab the Nilanchal Mallick who has absconded”, the IIC informed.