Witch-hunt in Odisha again; cousin, 3 others held for killing youth

Reported by Malay Ray
Sundargarh, Feb 4:

Four youths were arrested and  forwarded to court on Wednesday by police in Sundargarh district of Odisha for allegedly  killing another youth on January 30 night and then burning his dead body.

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Police had recorvered the semi charred body on February 1 and had seized the iron rod with which the accused had beaten him to death.

“All four accused have been arrested and forwarded to court under IPC section 302, 201 & 34 IPC,” said S.K.Patel,Asst.Sub Inspector, Lephripada police station, Sundargarh.

The accused had confessed to their crime during interrogation, police said.

Sources said, on January 1,  Lephripada police in Sundargarh got  information that the half charred body of a person was lying at Aleipara under Lephripada police station. A police team and a scientific team went to the spot and seized the body and started investigating the case.

The deceased was identified as Biswanath Kishan (36), a resident of Dampara under Lephripada police station. Biswanath Kishan’s father Rudra Kishan had lodged an FIR about his missing son in the police station.

During investigation, police found the involvement of four youths in the murder of Biswanath Kishan. On Wednesday, Lepripada police arrested the four youths who have been identified as Purna Chandra Majhi (23), Sukru Kishan (20), Chandrasekhar Kishan (45) and Munku Kishan (35) and forwarded them to court.

According to police sources, Purna Chandra Majhi, the cousin of Biswanath, suspected the former of practicing witchraft which he felt was the reason for poor financial condition of his family. Havign decide to finish Biswanath, Purna sought the help of his freinds Sukru, Chandra Sekhar and Munku.

On January 30, while Biswanath had gone to a place nearby his home, Purna Chandra called him to Aleipar. When Biswanath reached there, the four accused beat him with an iron rod following which Biswanath fell on the spot and died there. Thereafter, they set him ablaze and fled from the spot.

Later they took deceased Biswanath’s bike (No.OD-16-2975) and dumped it inside a nearby dam. After interrogating the accused, police also seized the bike from dam.


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