A 60-year-old tribal and his wife were accused of practising black magic and tortured to death by villagers in Jharkhands Lohardaga district,police said on Saturday.
Lohardaga SP J K Singh said the police were probing the incident,which took place in Nawagain village Friday night. The bodies have been sent for autopsy.
Sushil Oraon and his wife Jhibi were beaten,dragged across the village and tortured for hours before being murdered,a FIR filed by Sukhdeo,brother of Sushil,alleged.
The trouble began when an exorcist told two villagers,Ramdev Oraon and his uncle Dhaneshwar Oraon,that Sushil and his wife had cast a spell on Ramdevs Aakash,2,and his cousin Ashok,5,causing their death. Aakash and Ashok died on March 2 and March 4,likely of jaundice and cerebral malaria.
Ten persons were named by Sukhdeo in his FIR,include Ramdev and Dhaneshwar. Six of them have been arrested,said the police.