Sundergarh: The court of Additional District Judge-I in Rourkela on Friday awarded life imprisonment to 11 persons for killing a 55-year-old woman on suspicion of practising witchcraft in 2018. The incident had taken place at Ratakhandi village under Biramitrapur police limits in March, 2018.
The court also awarded two years of rigorous imprisonment each to three women after convicting them in the case.
According to reports, total 14 persons, armed with weapons and sticks barged into the house of Phagu Singh and attacked his wife Jasoda Singh for allegedly practising witchcraft. The group also attacked Phagu Singh (65) and their son Kamalesh Singh (30) when they tried to protect Jasoda.
The trio sustained grievous injuries in the attack but Jasoda succumbed at Rourkela Government Hospital (RGH). On the basis of a complaint lodged by Banita (Jasoda’s sister), Biramitrapur police had registered a case in this regard and made the arrests.