Three days after the sensational killing of six members of a tribal family over witchcraft allegations, Odisha police arrested 9 people over their involvement in the gruesome murders at Mundasahi village in Keonjhar district’s Joda block.
The Odisha CID chief, BK Sharma, said cops have arrested main accused Tumba Munda, his son and 7 others for the killing Gura Munda (40), his wife Budhini Munda and four children. Guru Munda’s two sons were injured in the attack.
The suspects arrested by the police are — Tumba Munda, Painu Munda, Pandri Munda, Bagun Munda, Mansingh Munda, Iswar Munda, Mana Munda, Deepa Munda and Siba Munda.
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Tumba’s son, Mansingh Munda, reportedly checked on the deceased family a few minutes before the murder took place. The accused have been arrested under Sections 542, 302, 307 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code.
The case is the third witchcraft-related murder case in Keonjhar in the last one year.
In October last year, a two tribals – Rajendra Dehury (42) and his wife Jema Dehury (37) – were hacked to death in Keonjhar, allegedly by a group of villagers who suspected them of practising black magic.
The Dehurys were preparing their dinner when a group of villagers in Saharpur village reportedly broke into their house and slit their throats.
The cops, however, managed to rescue the couple’s minor children before the alleged assailants could harm them.
The same month, a tribal couple — Mangal Munda and Sukurumani Munda — from Kolahundula village in Keonjhar was hacked to death by five villagers, again on suspicion of practising witchcraft.
Their son, Mangal Munda, found their bodies in a nearby jungle and filed a complaint at the Joda Police station.