Indian Villagers Arrested Over 'witchcraft' Killings

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Indian villagers arrested over 'witchcraft' killings

NEW DELHI, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News -7th Sept,2016) : Seven people have been arrested over the murder of two men accused of using black magic to kill their neighbours, Indian police said Wednesday.

The victims were beaten up and then set on fire on Monday when they returned to their village in the eastern state of Orissa after fleeing in the wake of the accusations. "They had returned to the village and were caught by the mob," said Santosh Kumar Mishra, deputy police chief of Gajapati district, where the incident took place.

"They were accused of killing four villagers, including a child, using black magic," he told AFP. Experts say belief in witchcraft and the occult remains widespread in some impoverished and remote areas of India, where occasional incidents of human sacrifices have also been reported.

More than 2,000 people were killed in India on suspicion of witchcraft between 2000 and 2012, according to the most recent figures from the National Crime Records Bureau. Many of the victims were women.