Man invokes ‘God’s wish’ to beat uncle to death in fake ritual

Malkangiri: In a sensational yet bizarre incident, a man beat his uncle to death as part of his witchcraft ritual and tried to cover up the incident by terming the whole episode as ‘God’s wish’.

The incident occurred in Pulimetala Village in Malkangiri, where accused Ramesh Padiami tried to mislead people by arranging a witch-hunting ceremony in which he killed his uncle Ganga Madkami. He also performed his shambolic tricks with his dead uncle by his side to mislead the people and proclaim that the death of his uncle was awarded by the Gods.

The deceased Ganga was allegedly plotting to kill Ramesh by using sorcery. To checkmate him, Ramesh prepared a strategy to kill Ganga. He arranged a sorcery ritual during a village function and beat his uncle to death.

However, soon police arrived at the spot and detained Ramesh and 6 others, who are being questioned in connection with the case.

“When gods rise, we humans can’t interfere as we will be punished. The gods were carrying sticks. The persons who were possessed by the gods beat him to death,” said accused Ramesh.

“Suspecting Ganga to be a sorcerer, some people have killed him. After getting reports, we visited the village and have detained a few suspects. Investigation is on,” said Manoj Kumar, the officer in-charge of Pateru Police Outpost.