death after unidentified miscreants set their house on fire
suspecting them to be practising witchcraft at a village in
Odishas Jajpur district, police said on Monday.
The incident, which took place at Nimaplli village
under Kalinga Nagar police station limits late on Sunday
night, came to light on Monday, they said.
The deceased have been identified as Shaila Balamuch
(64) and Basanti Balamuch (60) of the village. Efforts are on
to ascertain the circumstances that led to the incident and
identify the miscreants, Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO),
Jajpur Road, C P Nayak said.
Some villagers suspected that the two were practising
black magic and miscreants set their house on fire when both
were sleeping late on Sunday night. Both were charred to death
and all household articles were reduced to ashes in the fire,
Shailas brother-in-law Tipu Buliuli in a complaint
lodged with the local police alleged that the villagers
torched the house of the elderly couple and killed them while
they were asleep.
"I suspect that the villagers have killed the couple
as they were not in good terms with the two. The villagers
thought that the couple were practising witchcraft, which is
baseless," said Buliuli.
Locals informed the matter to the Kalinga Nagar police
on Monday morning after which local police rushed the spot and
started investigation. Japur SP C S Meena also visited the
spot. Scientific team has been pressed into the investigation.
"Investigation is on. We are also looking into the
allegation of the couple being killed over witchcraft
suspicion, said the SDPO.
This is the second witchcraft-related murder incident
in Jajpur district this month. A 65-year-old woman was killed
on suspicion of conducting black magic in Chatara village of
the district last week. PTI COR SKN