A 50-year old woman and a 28-year-old (unrelated) were allegedly killed by a mob in Karbi Anglong Credit: File image

Guwahati: Two people have allegedly been killed and bodies were burnt by fellow villagers in a remote village of Rohimapur in Karbi Anglong on the suspicion of practicing witchcraft after a kangaroo court found the woman responsible for another 28-year-old woman’s death, according to reports.

As per reports, the incident took place on Wednesday night and was reported to the police on Thursday morning. The police have been able to recover some of the remains of the two victims and have arrested nine people so far, reports say.

According to police sources, on Wednesday during the funeral of 28-year old woman who had been falling sick for quite sometime in the village which is predominantly inhabited by an Adivasi community, some of the villagers claimed that another woman, a 50-year-old widow named Ramawati Halua have been behaving in an unusual manner.

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Some of the villagers started accusing Ramawati of practicing witchcraft. After which a kangaroo court declared her as a witch and was held accountable for the afflictions in the village including death of the woman, police sources added.

After the decision at their native court, a group of villagers started attacking her when a 28-year-old (unrelated) man in the village, named Bijoy Gaur tried to intervene and accused others of having superstitious beliefs. The mob started thrashing him as well, police sources said.

The angry mob beat both of them to death, offered rituals to the local deity and tried to cremate the bodies in a nearby hill in a single pyre, police sources stated.

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According to the superintendent of police Debojit Deuri, they have arrested nine people.

A murder charge under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Assam Witch Hunting (Prohibition, Prevention and Protection) Act has been registered against the accused villagers.

The witch-hunting law has been in effect in the state since 2018, it now recognises such crimes as cognisable, non-bailable and non-compoundable offence. Since 2011, as many as 107 people have been killed in witch-hunting instances, the data was submitted in the state Assembly in November 2019.

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