arrested in Odisha''s Malkangiri district for hacking his
neighbour to death on suspicion that he practised witchcraft,
a police officer said on Monday.
Muka Madkami (55) was sleeping in his hutment in
Tumsapalli village on Saturday night, when the accused, Rama
Sodi, barged in and attacked him with a sharp weapon, killing
him on the spot, R P Nag, the inspector in-charge of
Malkangiri police station, said.
The accused, who was apprehended on Sunday, confessed
to his crime, Nag maintained.
"Sodi said that Madkami performed black magic which
resulted in the death of his son six years ago. He also
claimed that the Madkami''s sorcery was responsible for his
illness," the officer explained, adding that the victim''s body
has been sent for post-mortem.
According to police sources, at least four persons
were killed in the district over the past two months for
allegedly practising witchcraft. PTI COR SKN