The police in West Karbi Anglong’s Baithalangso detained nine women for attacking six families and alleging them of being “witches”.
A police source informed that the nine women were detained for questioning based on an FIR filed by some women of the Satgaon area of Baithalangso.
The women had alleged that several villagers including these nine women had accused them of being witches and had attacked them on Wednesday.
The detained women were identified as Rabita Sangma, Urmila Sangma, Babita Marak, Sisila Sangma, Rejitha Marak, Rosebina Sangma, Anisha Sangma, Bijitha Sangma and Metho Sangma.
Despite several initiatives by the government and police in the state, several people belonging to six families in West Karbi Anglong’s Baithalangso were severely injured after some villagers attacked their houses accusing them of spreading diseases in the village.
The injured persons were identified as Thabina Marak, Abina Marak, Merry Marak, Jaysinta Sangma, and Hemis Marak among others.
The victim families claimed that the incident took place on Wednesday morning after the priest of a local church accused them of being “witches”.
The priest had allegedly claimed that the six families were responsible for spreading diseases in the area while he was attending to a person who was very ill.
The houses of the families were ransacked in the attack and they were all brutally beaten up.