Sundargarh: Sundargarh Police have launched an anti-witchcraft awareness drive in different villages under the Biramitrapur Police Station area from Saturday.
An awareness van was flagged off from Birmitrapur PS with songs and discourse in local dialects-Sambalpuri, Sahdri and Odia prepared by Sundargarh police staff.
Sundargarh SP Sagarika Nath flagged off the awareness drive. Speaking on the occasion, the SP said that strict action will be taken against those who encourage the practice of witchcraft.
The people of Biramitrapur are the worst-hit with the practice of witchcraft. Most of the people in the region are hoodwinked by vested interest elements who take advantage of their gullibility exploit them with sorcery.
The police administration here is worried over the spike in witchcraft cases which have become a social problem. The awareness drive has been launched to persuade people to approach hospital authorities for the treatment of ailments rather than relying on sorcerers.