Tribal man and woman beaten to death, set on fire for ‘bringing bad luck’ to village

Tribal man and woman beaten to death, set on fire for 'bringing bad luck' to village

In a shocking incident reported from Karbi Anglong district of Assam, two tribals including a woman were beaten to death and later set on fire for allegedly practising witchcraft and bringing ‘bad luck’ to the village.

The crime was allegedly committed by the fellow Adivasis in the village. The victims have been identified as 50-year-old Ramawati Halua and 30-year-old Bijoy Gour, both residents of Rahimapur village under Dokmoka police station. The two victims were held responsible for the death of a girl on September 27.

According to a report in Times of India, the matter came to light on Thursday. Police have so far arrested 11 persons in connection with the crime.

“All the accused were known to the victims as they all belong to the same village. The arrested accused said they thought that the victims were spreading disease and bringing bad luck to the village. The victims were killed in a pre-planned way. We are trying to arrest other accused,” the report quoted Debojit Deuri, SP (East Karbi Anglong) as saying.

The accused have been booked under relevant sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and  Assam Witch Hunting (Prohibition, Prevention and Protection) Act.

The incident took place in Rahimapur, around 80-km away from district headquarters Diphu on September 30.

“It seems to be a case of witch-hunting. If there are other reasons, we will find them out during the course of investigations,” the SP added.

The SP and the executive magistrate visited the crime spot and collected remains from the pyre. Police have recovered the sharp weapons used in the crime.

‘Witchcraft’ killings

From 2011 to 2019, at least 107 people were murdered in the name of ‘witch-hunting’, said state government data.

The state government also promulgated Assam Witch Hunting (Prohibition, Prevention and Protection) Act that provides for strict punishment for people involved in witch-hunting killings.