RAYAGADA: In yet another brutal retaliation against suspected sorcery practice, three persons of a family were bludgeoned before being buried in a village in the tribal dominated Rayagada district exactly a week back. The incident came to fore on Friday after villagers dug up the bodies and set them on fire to destroy any evidence on Thursday night.
Acting on a tip-off, Gunupur police on Friday went to Kitum where the incident had taken place and began investigation. It has also detained 8 persons of the village in this connection.
According to sources, Asina Sabara (55), his wife Ambai Sabara (50) and elder daughter Asimani Sabara (25) of Kitum village under Putasingh police limits in Rayagada district were mercilessly beaten by villagers on September 9. After the three persons became unconscious, the villagers, who suspected the family to be practising sorcery, injected them with pesticides and buried their bodies.
On Thursday when the villagers came to know that somebody had tipped off the police about the crime, they exhumed the bodies and set them on fire at night. Gunupur IIC Nirmal Chandra Panigrahi said after getting information, police went to the village and rescued Melati Sabara, another daughter of Asina Sabara. Melati has filed an FIR at Gunupur police station.
Last month, Madhab Sabara, an aged person of Chintaluguda village under Gunupur police limits was forced by the villagers to drink insecticide. After Madhab became unconscious, he was set on fire.