Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Gunupur, Aug 29:
Horrifying! We still live in the dark ages despite tall claims of digital India and scientific temper which has been proved as villagers of S. Chintaluguda village under Gunupur police limits in Odisha’s Rayagada killed a person by forcing him to consume pesticide as they suspected him of killing people through witchcraft.
Deceased Madhab Sabar (55) was suspected of killing fellow villagers through witchcraft.
Police today arrested seven persons in this connection while further investigation in the matter is on.
“After receiving the complaint on Sunday, we visited the village today. We visited the spot where Madhab was allegedly killed. Prime accused Rabi Das in presence of witnesses took us to the cremation ground. From there we collected few bones of deceased Madhab. We have also seized the empty container of the pesticide which Madhab was forced to consume. We have arrested seven persons. Further investigations are on,” informed Gunupur IIC Nirmal Panigrahi to reporters.
Reports said on August 21 at around 8 PM villagers collectively asked Madhab to out of his house. He was allegedly taken to the middle of the village.
While villagers interrogated him, Madhab remained silent. Finally, villagers decided to kill him. Villagers killed him by forcing him to consume pesticide. Later they cremated his body at the village cremation ground.
It was after deceased Madhab’s wife Sambari lodging a written complaint with the police yesterday that the police visited the village to probe the matter.
Police in the presence of a magistrate interrogated persons involved in the barbaric act and conducted necessary investigations.