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8 held for killing octogenarian over ‘witchcraft’ in Meghalaya
Staff Correspondent
 SHILLONG, Oct 14 - The police have arrested eight persons in connection with an incident of witch-hunting at a remote village in West Khasi Hills district. An 80-year-old man was buried alive by fellow villagers for alleged practice of ‘witchcraft’ on October 7.

 The victim, Moris Marngar, was buried alive at Nongdisong by villagers who alleged that he had cast an “evil spell” due to which some of his relatives were not in good health.

Some members of Marngar’s clan tied the octogenarian’s hands and legs, put him inside a sack and buried him alive. After the incident was reported to the police, the district administration exhumed the body and handed it over to the family.

The last rites of the deceased were carried out by the family members later.

The eight arrested have been identified as Denial Marngar (40), Jayless Marngar (27), Diferwell Marngar (30), Walphanus Marngar (32), Exstarning Marngar (52), Beransius Marngar (30), Kyrshanborlang Marngar 25) and Michalpol Marngar.

Meanwhile, Meghalaya Home Minister Lakhmen Rymbui has condemned the incident and said that such superstitions have no place in a modern society. He, however, ruled out having a specific law against superstitions and witchcraft.

In Meghalaya, such incidents of lynching against alleged practitioners of ‘witchcraft’ have been reported from time to time. There are several myths surrounding witchcraft, which has cost people’s lives over the years.

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