Three women killed in Ranchi over suspicions of witchcraft


Three women were killed in the most recent instance in Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand, on suspicion of participating in black magic rituals. The incident was reported on Sunday from Ranadih village in the Ranchi district’s Sonahatu police station.

“We have recovered two bodies, while the search is going on for the third one. The police are yet to establish the identity of the deceased person. We have not received any complaints so far,” Sonahatu police station in-charge Mukesh Kumar Hembram said.

Hembram added that, at first glance, it appeared that members of the community were responsible for the murder. However, it is currently unknown who the attackers are.

On Monday night, a woman was killed on suspicion of practising witchcraft in another incident that was reported from the Andhra Pradesh district. The murder happened in the district of Alluri Sitharama Raju. The deceased was identified as Kundla Somalamma, 56.

The accused, Srinivasa Reddy, killed the woman because he believed the deceased had committed witchcraft that caused his mother’s death.

However, the mother of the accused passed away from illness after falling from a tree and injuring her back.

“The mother of the accused Srinivasa suffered injuries when she fell from a tree. Her backbone was severely injured in the accident,” said police.