Woman killed for practising 'black magic', three held, minor detained

During the investigation, the four accused were interrogated and they confessed to have committed the crime.

Published: 16th June 2019 06:53 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th June 2019 06:53 PM   |  A+A-


For representational purposes.


JASHPUR: A 55-year-old woman was killed on the suspicion of practising alleged black magic at a village in tribal-dominated Jashpur district of Chhattisgarh, police said Sunday.

Three persons were arrested and a minor was detained Saturday in connection with the murder that took place in Jiling village on June 2, said Laxman Singh Dhruve, Station House Officer (SHO), City Kotwali police station.

Those arrested were identified as Anil Ram Bhagat, his brother Virendra Ram, his friend Santosh Ram and the minor, all natives of Jiling, he said.

On June 6, Jagir Ram Bhagat, son of the deceased woman identified as Chhandni Bai, had lodged a complaint with City Kotwali police that his mother was missing since June 2 night, the SHO said.

During the investigation, the four accused were interrogated and they confessed to have committed the crime, he said.

"On the night of June 2, Chhandni Bai was strangled to death by Bhagat with a rope when she was sitting alone outside her house.

Later with the support of three other accused, he packed the body in a sack and threw it into a dam of Neemgaon village," he said.

On June 7, when Bhagat noticed her body floating on the water surface, the accused then buried it in a nearby farm land, he added. The body was exhumed Saturday, after which the accused were held, he said.

"Bhagat believed that the woman practised black magic, which led to the death of his buffalo recently," the SHO said.

In 2015, Bhagat's pregnant wife had fallen from a bicycle following which she had miscarriage.

Then, Bhagat and his brother had a brawl with Chhandni Bai, during which they accused her of practising black magic against his wife, he said.

A case has been registered against all the accused under section 302 (murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence) and 34 (common intention) of IPC, the SHO said, adding that further probe is underway.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp