Odisha: Couple hacked to death on suspicion of practising witchcraft; case registered

Odisha: Couple hacked to death on suspicion of practising witchcraft; case registered

States like Odisha, Jharkhand and Assam often see such crimes in which people attack woman or man on suspicion of practising witchcraft.

A couple was hacked to death for allegedly practicing sorcery in Odisha's Keonjhar district, said police on Monday.

A 45-year-old man and his wife were beaten up to death by unidentified persons inside their residence and the double murder was committed on suspicion that they practised witchcraft, he said.

Their bodies were found in a pool of blood outside their house in Rasool Jhumukipatiya Sahi village under Daitari police station on Sunday morning.

"It appears that suspicion of practising witchcraft was behind the murders. One person was detained.

Further investigation is underway," Keonjhar Superintendent of Police Mitrabhanu Mahapatra told PTI.

The couple's daughter Singo said that her father Bahada Murmu and his wife Dhani (35) were sleeping outside their room on Saturday night.

"I was sleeping inside a room. After hearing a scream, I came out and saw that my parents were lying in a pool of blood," Singo said.

She called up her uncle Kisan Marandi and informed him what had happened.

"I got a call at around 12:30 am from Singo. I, along with my elder son, reached the village on a motorcycle," Marandi said.

On being informed, a police team reached the spot and sent the bodies for post-mortem examination.