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Brothers kill sister-in-law for practising witchcraft

DH News Service, India
Dec. 9, 2003 • Thursday December 11, 2003

The Jamshedpur police have arrested one Gurucharan Das for allegedly killing his sister-in-law charging her with practising black magic.

The Officer-in-Charge of Birsanagar police station in Jamshedpur told Deccan Herald that altogether four persons have been named as accused in the FIR lodged in connection with the murder of Sushila Sardar.

All the four people are brothers and are accused of murdering their sister-in-law Sushila Sardar. While Gurucharan Das has been arrested, three others are abconding, he said.

Police said Gurucharan Das and his three brothers Atul Sardar, Kaisa Sardar and Kheka Sardar barged into the house of their sister-in-law Sushila Sardar and holding her responsible for using black magic on Gurucharan Das daughter, thrashed her black and blue. Her body was found in a pool of blood on Monday morning.

Gurucharan Das daughter died a few days back under mysterious circumstances.
The murder of Sushila Sardar is latest in a series of witchcraft-related killings which are rampant in Jharkhand. According to available official data, as many as 261 case have been registered under Anti-witchcraft Act, 2001 so far.

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