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Miscreants set house of elderly couple on fire

Miscreants set house of elderly couple on fire
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Jajpur, Jul 20 (PTI) An elderly couple was charred to

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,

police said.

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

RG RG


Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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