Woman killed for practising 'witchcraft', two relatives held

Relatives were armed with axe and sticks and then they attacked the woman

Vadodara: A 55-year-old woman was allegedly killed by her two relatives, who suspected that she practised witchcraft, at a village in neighbouring Chhota Udaipur district, police said on Sunday.

Both the accused have been arrested, they said. The victim Savita and her husband Jetha Tadvi (62) were sitting at a farm of one Gopal Patel in Ladhod village on Friday when their relatives, identified as Jagdish Dalpat Tadvi and Shana Mana Tadvi, came there armed with axe and sticks and attacked them, police inspector V G Vasava said.

The elderly couple started running from there in order to save themselves. However, the two accused chased them and started beating both of them.

While an injured Jetha managed to escape, his wife was allegedly hacked to death by the two men, Vasava said.

Jetha learnt about the killing of his wife yesterday when he along with other relatives tried to search for her and found her dead on the outskirts of Ladhod village, he said.

Subsequently, he lodged a complaint yesterday with police who rushed to the spot and sent the body for postmortem to a hospital in Sankheda.

Based on the complaint, both the accused were arrested yesterday, the police officer said, adding that further investigation was on into the incident.

( Source : PTI )
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