Guwahati: A 50-year-old man was thrashed to death in an alleged incident of witch hunting in Assam’s Baksa district on Monday. Five accused have been arrested in connection with the case.

The shocking incident took place at Bogoribari village under Kumarikata police station in Tamulpur sub division of Baksa district. The victim has been identified as 50-year-old Biren Boro.

According to local police sources, the villagers held a kangaroo court where the victim was accused of practicing witchcraft. Subsequently, a mob of more than hundred villagers started beating Boro brutally.

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When a police team from Kumarikata station reached the spot, the mob became more violent and allegedly attacked the police team that had reached to rescue the victim, the source added.

Later, the police had to resort to lathicharge on the mob to bring the situation under control. The victim, who was severely injured in the attack, was taken to Kumarikata state dispensary, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Police said angry villagers vandalised Biren Boro’s house, although his family members managed to escape from the attack.

A case has been registered based on a complaint filed by the victim’s wife. The arrested accused have been identified as Laksindra Boro (32), Sunos Narjary (21), Birkhang Basumatary (23), Ringkhang Basumatary (21) and Rajen Narjary (47).    

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