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Dec 02, 2013

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CHANDRAPUR: Gadchiroli Police rescued three people who were captured and thrashed by villagers of Dibna for practicing back magic and witchcraft. Four people, including a woman cop, were injured, when the irate mob turned the heat on the cops, who eventually resorted to light baton charge to rescue the trio on Wednesday. Nine people from the village have been arrested while one person is absconding.

Sources said that Kavita Jengthe from Dibna fell sick on Tuesday and believed that the illness was caused by the witchcraft practised by Jairam Bawne, Eknath Jengthe and Sukru Bhoyar of the same village. Sick Kavita in trance like condition kept repeating the name of the trio. Villagers believing her to be under evil spell captured the trio and thrashed them brutally on Tuesday night. They even blamed the trio for half a dozen deaths caused recently in the village.

The trio was locked in a community hall in the village and people talked about setting them ablaze to liberate the village from their witchcraft and sorcery. On getting information a posse of policemen rushed to the village on Wednesday. But, the angry villagers refused to release the trio, until they cured Kavita of their evil spells. Cops had to call additional force to bring the mob under control.

In a bid to rescue the captured trio cops resorted to light baton charge, but people turned against the police and started pelting stones. Angry mob also damaged the police vehicle. Three villagers were reportedly injured in the brawl with cops, while a woman police constable Rajwati Koram sustained injury during the clash.

Cops later arrested nine villagers under various charges. They were produced before a Gadchiroli court on Thursday. Seven of them were sent to 10 days police custody while two others were given six days PCR. One more villager Balaji Jengthe booked in the case is absconding. One of the captives, Jairam Bawne has been admitted to the hospital following injuries.

A team of Andhshraddha Nirmulan Samiti is expected to visit the village on Friday to educate the people about superstition.