Updated: May 26, 2021 4:39:07 am
A mob of around 150 people cornered a 50-year-old man and lynched him on allegations of practicing “black magic” and “witchcraft” in Tamulpur in Assam’s Baksa district on Monday afternoon, officials said. Five persons have been arrested and the hunt is on for other accused, they said.
Aayush Garg, DC of Baksa, told The Indian Express, “Police and administration were able to rescue him and bring him to the nearest dispensary. But his wounds were such that he unfortunately succumbed.”
“Till now five persons have been arrested. More arrests are expected soon. Additionally, we have begun a magisterial enquiry headed by an ADC-rank official,” Garg said.
Aseema Kalita, SDPO of Tamulpur, told The Indian Express that Biren Daimary is survived by three sons (in their 20s), a 17-year-old daughter and wife. Daimary was engaged as a daily wage labourer.
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“People in the village alleged that he was involved in some kind of jaadu (black magic) and that led to the attack,” Kalita said.
Last October, a woman and a man in Karbi Anglong district were killed by their neighbours on suspicion of practicing “black magic”.
According to state government data till December 2019, a total of 107 persons have been killed in “witch-hunting” incidents in the state since 2011.
The Assam Witch Hunting (Prohibition, Prevention and Protection) Act, which implements stringent punishment and fine for branding and killing people after calling them “witches”, is in effect in the state since 2018.
In 2001, Assam Police had introduced Project Prahari, a community project against killing of women after branding them “witches”.
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