Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Mohana, Jan 21:
In yet another crime pertaining to witchcraft in Odisha, seven men have been arrested today by Mohana Police of Gajapati district for killing a man suspected of practicing witchcraft.
As per information provided by IIC of Mohana police station, the accused allegedly dragged Tabatia Malika of Talasingh village out of his house while he was asleep on December 18. They beat him up brutally and attacked him to death with machetes after he fell unconscious. Later they took his body to a hill two kilometres away and burnt it in order to destroy evidence.
The cops have collected the sample of soil from the crime scene, ash from the place where he was burnt and have sent them for testing.
“They killed my husband. Now they are threatening me that they will destroy my house,” said deceased’s wife Sabitri Malik.
“Based on the complaint lodged by Sabitri, we had detained six men yesterday. During interrogation, they confessed to the crime. We have arrested seven men today in connection with the murder. Further investigation is still on. We have managed to track the spot on Parabhadi hills where they burnt the deceased,” said Mohana IIC Prashanta Kumar.