Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Keonjhar, Jul 13:
In a shocking incident, six members, including a woman and four children, of a tribal family were found brutally hacked to death this morning inside their house at Munda Sahi village atop the Lahanda Hill under Joda police station limits in Odisha’s Keonjhar district.
Two other members of the family have been critically injured in the attack.
The decease have been identified as Gura Munda (35), his wife Budhni Munda (30), sons Sunil Munda (16) and Kushanath (10) and two daughters Sambhari (12) and Namita (3).
The two critically injured have been identified as Ganit Munda (18) and Shambhu Munda (9)
Though the incident, in all probability, happened last night, it came to light only this morning.
On getting information about this barbaric act, Badbil SDPO Ajay Pratap Swain, along with a scientific team, rushed to the village and found the bodies of the six members of the family, who had been brutally hacked.
The police team also found two other seriously injured members – Ganit and Shmabhu – lying in a pool of blood and rushed them to the district headquarters hospital where their condition was stated to be critical.
The police, during preliminary investigation, has come to know that the six members of the tribal family were killed by the villagers suspecting them of practicing sorcery.
The six bodies were later taken to the district headquarters hospital for post-mortem.
“The six family members have been killed with sharp weapons. We have sent the bodies for post-mortem. Efforts are on to nab the accused,” the SDPO told the media.
One person has been arrested in the case while the search is on for the others, police said. But all male members of the village have left their house fearing police action.
“The State Police have accorded Red Flag category status to this heinous killing,” he said.
“I have asked the Crime Branch DSP to investigate the case and the SP to supervise the case. The Crime Branch ADG will monitor the progress of the probe,” Marik said.