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Suspicious villagers beat woman to death

Staff Reporter

WARANGAL: In a gruesome incident, the villagers of Pakal in Kodakandla mandal had beaten a woman to death accusing her of practising witchcraft.

Relatives and other villagers in Pakal raided the house of Devaraboina Anjamma (40) and beat her severely holding her responsible for death of a person named Sammaiah. They doused kerosene on her and tried to set her ablaze when she fell unconscious of thrashing. Two policemen who were there tried to prevail upon the villagers but in vain. Additional forces were rushed to the spot and they could shift her to the MGM Hospital at district headquarters. But, she succumbed to her injuries later in the day.

According to the police, Sammaiah fell seriously ill after a snake bite on June 14. He was admitted to hospital but died on June 19. On Monday, his relatives organised a function in which Anjamma and her family members did not attend. Mr. Sammaiah belonged to Ajamma's community. Her relatives grew suspicious and alleged that she was practising witchcraft and was responsible for the death of Sammaiah.

On Tuesday night, a group of villagers along with her relatives raided the house of Anjamma and questioned her.

Fearing threat to her life, she complained to the police at mandal headquarters. The police officials sent two constables to the village in the wee hours of Wednesday.

Seeing the policemen posted at her house, the villagers grew more suspicious and furious. They went in large numbers and raided her house again. They dragged her out and beat her up grievously. The two constables were not allowed to come near when they tried to protect her.

She sustained thirty per cent injuries by the time additional forces reached the villages.

The police took into custody around 30 members of the village.

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