Jharkhand: A Man And Three Women Beaten By Mob On Suspicion Of Witchcraft, Forced To Walk Naked In The Village
A mob of around 50 people physically assaulted the four victims, forced them to walk naked throughout the village. The police have arrested two of them and searching for the others.
In Jharkhand’s Garhwa district, a mob of around 50 people beaten up a man and three women and forced them to walk naked throughout the village, accusing them of practising witchcraft.
The alleged incident occurred on Thursday night, October 8, in Jharkhand’s village Naraynapaur. The police have arrested two people in connection with the case. The attempt to catch the other accused is underway.
“The incident happened around 10 pm. Soon after receiving information, a team was sent to the village and it was found that around 50 people were present at the spot. Two people were caught while the others fled,” Subdivisional Police Officer Brahmin Tutti told news agency PTI.
“The police first provided clothes to the women and the man, following which they brought the two accused — Ravi Kumar and Vasudev — to the Sadar police station,” he further said.
The four victims were assaulted after two daughters of Bali Rajwar, a resident of the village, fell ill. Members from Bali Rajwan’s family and Vikas Kumar Saw, Bablu Ram, Rajad Paswan, Ravi Kumar Ram, and Raju Ram with other others took off their clothes, thrashed them, and forced them to parade naked throughout the village.
Some people from the village tried to interfere in the matter and pacify the mob, but they were abused and threatened. No one paid attention to the village’s ward councillor Sivasgar Das when tried to control the mob.
“We have information that around 50 people were involved in the incident and a search is on for them,” said Rajiv Kumar, the inspector in-charge of the Sadar police station.
“The culprits will not be spared under any circumstances. Those on the run will be arrested soon,” he added.