Ranchi:In a shocking incident an elderly woman and her husband were lynched by locals under suspicion of being practitioners of witchcraft. While the brutal attack left the woman dead on the spot, her husband died in the evening.
Birsi Oraon and her husband Mangra Oraon were residents of Rogadih-Patratoli village within the territorial limits of the Bedo Police Station. According to the police, Birsi was mentally unfit. She was habitual of moving out of the house. Around 1 am on Tuesday, she stepped out of the house, but Mangra brought her back. She again went out of the house around 4 am, when locals thrashed her to death as they suspected her of practising witchcraft. Later, they also thrashed Mangra, when he came searching for Birsi.
After receiving information, police rushed to the spot and took Mangra to the hospital where he died in the evening. He died before police could record his statement.The statement of Somra Oraon, the deceased couple’s eldest son, has been recorded. Based on his statement, an offence has been registered against 100 to 150 unidentified people for committing the crime. “Beating up an elderly couple to death is a cruel act. Even though we have been carrying out campaigns against witch-hunting, there are elements in the villages who are still superstitious,” the report quoted.