Suspicion of witchcraft claimed the life of a person in Mohana block of Gajapati district. The headless body of the man was found in a forest near Bhaliasahi village on Wednesday morning.
Suspecting it to be a case of murder, locals informed the matter to police. Police along with a team of forensic experts reached the spot to initiate investigation and after preliminary probe, the cops identified the deceased to be one Dasu Mallick of Bhaliasahi .
Even though the police are yet to ascertain on the exact motive behind the crime, Dasu’s son has alleged that his father had past enmity with some people of the nearby Benipadar village so they might have hacked him to death over suspected witchcraft.
In another incident, a seven-year-old boy sustained critical injuries after being reportedly thrashed by sorcerer during witchcraft treatment at Raniguda village under the Kamarda police station in Baleswar district on Wednesday.
Sources said the minor showed some strange behaviour following which his family members suspected that he has been possessed by an evil spirit and called a sorcerer to treat him.
The sorcerer reportedly thrashed the boy mercilessly in order to relive him from the evil spirit. The boy sustained critical injuries and fell unconscious.
The matter came to light after some locals informed the matter to the police.
On receiving information, police reached the spot and rescued the minor and shifted him to a nearby hospital.