Three youths were arrested on Wednesday for killing two middle-aged women accusing them of being ‘tonhi’ (women who practice witchcraft) at Maluatoli village near Kusmi in Balrampur district in North Chhattisgarh.
Bodies of women with their throats slit were found at the village on Tuesday following which, the police registered a case and later arrested three youths suspected to have murdered the women.
Talking to TOI, assistant sub-inspector, S R Porse, Kusmi police station said, “During interrogation, the accused admitted that they had questioned those women about their involvement in witchcraft practices, but they refused to speak. This infuriated the boys who first strangled them and later slit their throat,” Porse said.
He said the accused Amrit Tirki, 24, Sandeep, 23, and Ranjeet Toppo, 26, residents of the same village were arrested from a bus stand when they were planning to escape. They told the police during interrogation that Patrangi Bai, 50, and Sukhmanya Bai, 52, were witches and were involved in black magic practices. They believed that it was because of those two women that Amrit and Ranjeet lost their fathers and Sandeep’s father was keeping continuously ill.
Next day, when the villagers found the bodies of women, their family members lodged a complaint naming these three youths. A case under relevant sections of IPC and Chhattisgarh Witchcraft Atrocities Prevention Act, 2005 has been registered against the trio.