Ganjam: Two persons were held captive and beaten mercilessly by villagers over suspicion of witchcraft in the district on Saturday. The incident was reported from Gadahuma village in Ganjam. According to reports, the two persons in question were conducting Tantrik rituals in a temple in night. Locals, after coming to know about this, raided the temple and pulled the two persons out. They were tied to a tree and beaten by the villagers. Local police rushed to the spot and rescued the duo identified as Kishore Das and Manjula Das. Tension continues to prevail in the village over this matter, reports added.