Old tribal woman killed on suspicion of practising witchcraft

Baripada: An old tribal woman was hacked to death allegedly by her nephew today on the suspicion of performing witchcraft in Mayurbhanj district, police said.

Chandu Hansda (32) allegedly beheaded Phulamani Hansda (50) with an axe at Bazarguda village under Jharpokhria police station area, about 60 km from here, they said.

The accused was going to Jharpokhria with the victim`s severed head when residents of the nearby village caught him and handed him over to the police.

Chandu suspected that the recent death of his son and the illness of another child was due to witchcraft by his aunt, police said.