Kandhamal: Youth, uncle held for killing man over witchcraft suspicion

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Kandhamal: A youth and his maternal uncle were arrested by police in Brahmani village in Kandhamal district for killing a man suspecting him of practicing black magic, officials said today.

The accused duo has been identified as Sumant Mallik and his maternal uncle Kuturusa Mallik.

As per police reports, on January 3, one Sudama Mallik (Sumant’s paternal uncle) went to his field for some work. After a few minutes, Sumant and Kuturusa approached him and suddenly attacked him with sharp weapons. After sustaining grievous injuries, Sudama bled to death on the spot. The duo then took the dead body to a nearby forest and set it on fire.

Besides, the accused duo also threatened the deceased’s family members in order to keep them mum about the entire incident.

However, the younger brother of Sudama, who worked outside of the village, got to know about the crime and reached the village on January 11. He then immediately sought the help of cops and filed a case with the police regarding the same.

Acting on the complaint, police initiated an investigation and eventually apprehended the accused duo. The accused persons have also been forwarded to court, sources said.

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