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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Mob beat couple to death over witchcraft allegations

A mob beat to death an elderly couple accused of witchcraft in eastern India, police said Saturday, the second such killing in the region in two weeks.

Three people have been arrested over the lynching, police said, adding that the couple, both in their late sixties, had been suspected of using black magic to kill their neighbours in a remote tribal district of Jharkhand state.

After rumours spread that the couple had killed four people with witchcraft, the mob set upon them, beating them to death and burning down their house.

“The accused said they killed the couple in revenge to the death of their four relatives, who they believe were killed by the couple using witchcraft,” local police officer Amit Kumar Singh told AFP.

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