Mob lynching: Four villagers lynched in Jharkhand village over suspicion of practicing black magic

Gumla (Jharkhand): Four villagers were lynched to death by a group of 10-12 men in Jharkhand’s Gumla district on suspicion that they were practicing black magic.

The two men and two women belonged to three families in Gumla. The incident occurred under the jurisdiction of the Sisayi police station on Saturday.

Around a dozen masked men stormed the Nagar Shikari village under Sisayi police station around 3 am on Saturday and picked up Shuna Bhagat (65) Fagni Devi (60) Champa Bhagat (65) and Peti Bhagat (60) from their house.

Villagers on condition of anonymity said that an assembly (panchayat) was held before the incident took place. Charges were framed against the four deceased that all of them were involved in the practice of witchcraft and black magic.

The four people were pulled to a distance from the village and lynched with traditional weapons such as sticks and iron rods.

SP Gumla, Anjani Kumar Jha, said, “Prima facie it looks the victims were involved in witchcraft. The crime seems to have taken place because of superstitious beliefs. An investigation is underway.”

The killings have spread tension and panic among locals in the area. They are not talking about the incident.