Man killed, burnt for practicing witchcraft

Mohana: In a spine chilling incident, one person was allegedly killed by some locals of Talasingh village under Mohana block in Gajapati district for practicing witchcraft and his body burnt to ashes.

The deceased has been identified as Tabatia Malika.

According to sources, six youths of the village called Malika from his house on December 18 and thrashed him mercilessly. They also attacked him with sharp weapons causing his death on the spot. Later, the youths took the body to nearby hills and burnt it to destroy the evidence, the sources added.

Meanwhile, police have started an investigation into the matter after a complaint in this regard was filed with Mohana police.

“We have collected soil and ash smaples where the body was burnt. Besides, we have detained six persons for their alleged involvement in the crime,” said a police official.