Family beaten up for ‘sorcery’ (India)

Deccan Chronicle, 24 July 2011

Five members of a family were tied to an electric pole in Malkapur village of Kondapur mandal in Medak district and beaten up by the villagers who claimed that they indulged in sorcery. The family was rescued on Saturday before they were burnt to death. According to the police, the victims were dragged out of their house and tied to the pole the entire night on Friday and beaten. The police, who came to know of the incident on Saturday, rushed to the village and freed the family members. The Kondapur inspector of police, Mr Saida Nayak, said that the villagers would have burnt the family.

The victims were identified as Mr M. Nagaiah, his wife Ms Manemma, Ramulu, Tuljamma and Anjaneyulu. They were shifted to the Sangareddy Government Hospital. A case of rioting and hurt against one M. Srisailam and seven others has been booked. “The accused are relatives and neighbours of the victims. They alleged that the family was resorting to sorcery. The victims were branded as sorcerers as the two girls, Manemma and Sarada, are unable to walk properly and keep falling down. We reached at around 9 am and prevented a tragedy,” said Mr Nayak adding that awareness campaigns would be launched by cultural troupes. The Kondapur sub-inspector, Mr G. Anjaiah said that the families also had previous enmity over some property.

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