Witchcraft violence leaves five persons injured in Latehar

By Abha Manakatala - Fri Sep 11, 3:37 pm


Ratan Lal’s picture shows latehar victims of witchcraft undergoing treatment at RIMS hospital,Ranchi.

The crime of witchcraft violence continues.This time,the witch-hunting case was recorded at Dadha village of Latehar under Balumath Police Station,where five persons, including two women were seriously injured following an attack on them by a group of people belonging to the same family.

“The victims were charged of practicing witch-craft.Among them was an old age person living in the same family who was identified by them as the main culprit by the attackers”,said Sudhakar Singh,a resident of Dadha.

The police have registered a case of witch-hunting and manhandling against six persons.

“The sad thing is that both these groups are related to each other and were undergoing land and house dispute between them,” said Latehar SP Anup Birthare.

The five injured persons have been identified as Bujul Yadav ( 28), Manoj Yadav (24), Dileshwar Yadav ( 55), Righani Devi ( 30), and Jasho Devi ( 23).They were brought to Ranchi where they were undergoing treat at the state government run RIMS hospital.

Incidentally,a brutal case of witch hunting had occurred in Mandar block of Ranchi district on August 11 in which five women were killed.

Responding to the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) in this case,Advocate Vinod Kumar Sahu was asked to visit the village and submit a report before DLSA by Monday.

In his statement before the DLSA,Sahu had pointed out that the victim’s family apprehended that they might not get justice under prevalent conditions as Mukhiya himself has been pressurizing them for a compromise.

“Four FIRs registered for a single incident itself poses a question mark over the intention of police, which also seems to be under pressure,” said advocate Sahu. Moreover, more than a dozen of accused persons allegedly roaming around the village are giving sleepless nights to the victim’s family members who are terrified after the incident.

As many as 14 persons were still absconding in the case.All of them were alleged to be a cause of concern for the victim’s family who are often said to be spotted near the village.

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