Suspected of Witchcraft, 6 Forced to Eat Human Excreta in Odisha
Villagers dragged the 6 men from their houses & forced them to consume human excreta before pulling out their teeth.
A group of people pulled out the teeth of six elderly persons and forced them to consume human excreta at a village in Odisha's Ganjam district, suspecting them of practicing witchcraft, police said on Wednesday, 2 October.
A group of people of Goparpur village suspected that the six elderly men practiced witchcraft which caused the death of at least three women and sickness of seven others in the locality, police said.
They forcibly dragged the six men from their houses on Tuesday night and forced them to consume human excreta before pulling out their teeth, the police said.
The pleas of the six victims for help failed to evoke any response from other villagers.
As the information reached the district headquarters, the Superintendent of Police Brijesh Rai, along with a police team rushed to the village and rescued them.
‘29 People, Including 22 Women Arrested’
All the injured elderly persons, all aged over 60 years, have been admitted at the hospital where their condition is reported to be stable.
The police have arrested 29 people including 22 women in this connection, the SP said adding more persons allegedly involved in the incident would be arrested.
"We have the names of other accused persons and they will be nabbed soon", he said.
Fearing arrest almost all the male persons have fled from the village, said inspector in-charge of Khallikote police station Satya Narayan Pradhan.
Though there was no tension in the village, the police were keeping a strict vigil on the situation. Patrolling was intensified in the area to nab other accused persons, he said.
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