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Couple killed for black magic

Ranchi, Feb. 25: A 35-year-old man hacked to death two of his neighbours in Simdega’s Bhowraghat village yesterday for allegedly practising witchcraft.

Libnus attacked the elderly couple — Vincent Kerketta (65) and his wife Josephine (60) — with an axe in the evening after an argument. Sources said Libnus’s five-year-old daughter had been sick for the last few weeks, which the man believed was due to witchcraft being practised by the Kerkettas.

Libnus, after committing the crime in the evening, showed no remorse and retired for the night. He apparently boasted about his deed to a couple of villagers today morning before walking into Thethaitangar police station with the murder weapon and surrendering.

Interestingly, Libnus reportedly did not take his daughter to any professional doctor for a check-up and instead relied on quacks and sorcerers for her treatment.

Last evening, Libnus had accosted the couple when they were returning home from the weekly Kurkura market and reportedly asked them to spare his daughter.

A heated argument ensued after which Libnus, in a fit of rage, attacked the couple with an axe killing them both on the spot.

Simdega SP Prabhat Kumar said they had launched a probe.

after receiving reports from the villagers that the couple had been killed for allegedly practising black magic.

Jharkhand State Women’s Commission member Vasavi Kiro too condemned the incident and said the murder might be a ploy to grab the property of the Kerkettas.