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Assam horror: 16 held for beheading 60-year-old woman over ‘witchcraft’

The incident reportedly occurred two days ago.

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At least 16 people have been arrested and sent to judicial custody for allegedly killing a 60-year-old woman in Assam’s Sonitpur district after branding her as a witch.As per reports, the main accused, who is believed to have instigated the mob, has been put under house custody due to the illness of her infant.The incident reportedly occurred two days ago at Number 1 Bhimajuli village under Bishwanath Chariali police station, where security has now been beefed up.Read: 60-year-old woman beheaded for ‘practising witchcraft'<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Assam horror: Mob strips naked, beheads woman for ‘witchcraft’

Three youths killed a 63-year-old woman in Assam on Monday after suspecting her to be a witch, police said. All three have been arrested. However, according to this report in The Hindustan Times, police have arrested seven people. The incident took place in Bhimajuli village near Biswanath Chariali around noon.

Biswanath superintendent of police Manabendra Rai said the three Karbi youths suspected Adivasi woman Poni Orang of being a witch.

“Anima Ronghanti, 35, who claims to be a goddess, had asked the people to gather at a local temple,” additional superintendent of police Samad Hussain told NDTV. She told them Orang was a witch and would bring bad luck to the village. Orang is an adivasi and a mother of five, NDTV report added.

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“Following this, the mob rushed to Orang’s house and dragged her out, took her to a nearby stream, almost stripped her naked and beheaded her in broad daylight,” the ASP was quoted as saying.

“The trio forced Orang out of her house around noon on Monday, took her near a river and killed her. They accused her of being a witch and alleged that it was due to her presence that many people in the village were falling ill,” Rai said.

“Police went to the spot after being informed by villagers and arrested the three. They also recovered the machete used to kill her,” the official said.

Adequate police force has been deployed in the village to ensure that there was no backlash. “The situation is under control now. We have deployed forces in the village so that there is no communal backlash between the Adivasi and Karbi communities,” the police official said.

Witch-hunting is a evil practice, and superstition still exists among some communities in Assam. The government had off late said it would bring an act with more punitive actions to check the menace.

The state government is also planning a special court to conduct trial of cases related to witch-hunting, in which 82 people have died in the last five years.

A draft bill prepared by the state home department proposes punishment ranging between three years to life imprisonment for those found guilty of branding someone a witch and abetting suicide, apart from taking care of the victims.

With IANS inputs

Assam horror: Mob strips suspected ‘witch’, then beheads her

Three youths killed a 63-year-old woman in Assam on Monday after suspecting her to be a witch, police said. All three have been arrested. However, according to this report in The Hindustan Times, police have arrested seven people. The incident took place in Bhimajuli village near Biswanath Chariali around noon.

Biswanath superintendent of police Manabendra Rai said the three Karbi youths suspected Adivasi woman Poni Orang of being a witch.

“Anima Ronghanti, 35, who claims to be a goddess, had asked the people to gather at a local temple,” additional superintendent of police Samad Hussain told NDTV. She told them Orang was a witch and would bring bad luck to the village. Orang is an adivasi and a mother of five, NDTV report added.

Representative image. AFPRepresentative image. AFP

Representative image. AFP

“Following this, the mob rushed to Orang’s house and dragged her out, took her to a nearby stream, almost stripped her naked and beheaded her in broad daylight,” the ASP was quoted as saying.

“The trio forced Orang out of her house around noon on Monday, took her near a river and killed her. They accused her of being a witch and alleged that it was due to her presence that many people in the village were falling ill,” Rai said.

“Police went to the spot after being informed by villagers and arrested the three. They also recovered the machete used to kill her,” the official said.

Adequate police force has been deployed in the village to ensure that there was no backlash. “The situation is under control now. We have deployed forces in the village so that there is no communal backlash between the Adivasi and Karbi communities,” the police official said.

Witch-hunting is a evil practice, and superstition still exists among some communities in Assam. The government had off late said it would bring an act with more punitive actions to check the menace.

The state government is also planning a special court to conduct trial of cases related to witch-hunting, in which 82 people have died in the last five years.

A draft bill prepared by the state home department proposes punishment ranging between three years to life imprisonment for those found guilty of branding someone a witch and abetting suicide, apart from taking care of the victims.

With IANS inputs

Two NDFB(S) militants arrested in Assam along with arms

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Two militants of NDFB-Songbijit faction, which had massacred over 70 people in lower Assam districts in December, and another person who had provided shelter to one of them was arrested and arms were seized from them in lower Assam’s Chirang district.Chirang Superintendent of Police Ranjan Bhuyan on Thursday said one NDFB-S rebel was apprehended from Chapaguri under Dhaligaon police station and another from Bhauraguri village under Sidli police station last night. The one apprehended at Chapaguri was identified as Bairo and one 7.65 mm pistol and four rounds of ammunition was seized from him when he was travelling in a bus from Tezpur to Kokrajhar, he said.Bairo operates from Biswanath Chariali area of Sonitpur district, which was the worst affected in the massacre, he added. The other militant Bimal Basumatary was arrested along with a grenade at Bhauraguri village under Sidli police station, the SP said. A person identified as Bhaben Mushahary who gave shelter to Basumatary and a resident of Batasipur under Dhekiajuli police station of Sonitpur district was also arrested, he added.

NDFB(S) link woman held from Anthaibari in Sonitpur district of Assam

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A 19-year-old NDFB(S) woman link person was held by the Army from Anthaibari in Sonitpur district, police said on Thursday. Eliya Iswary was caught last night, Sonitpur SP Sanjukta Parasar said.Meanwhile, a 12-member NIA team today reached Sonitpur to investigate the serial attacks by NDFB(S) on adivasis on December 23.Parasar said the team, divided into six members each, reached Biswanath Chariali and Dhekiajuli to investigate the cases. The NIA team had also visited Kokrajhar district earlier.