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Posted on Feb 13, 10:01AM | UNI
Rourkela, Feb 12 : Police today arrested three people on the charges of parading three tribal women and an elderly man naked after branding them as sorcers at Kiralaga-Amapada village under Talasara Police station of Sundergarha district.
Police arrested the prime accused --Prafulla Barla, Anil Baa and Sanjay Soren all in the age group of 20 to 22 under sections 41,323,294,506, 354,355/34 of the IPC.
Police did not rule out the arrest of some more persons in connection with the incident.
According to Police, a mob held Patras Dungdung, his wife Chrisitiana and two of their neighbours Balamdina Soreng and Philomina Dungdung responsible for deaths and illness of some people of the village during the past few days.
The mob believed the deaths and illness occurred due to the witchcraft practised by these four and paraded them naked yesterday.
The villagers held a meeting on Sunday evening and asked the four to beg apology with a promise not to practise witchcraft.
The villagers then forced to make them parade naked on the village street for several hours.
After getting the information, an officer of the DSP rank was rushed to inquire into the incident.
Sundergarh District Collector Roopa Roshan Sahu asked the district welfare officer to inquire into the incident and submit a report.