Shillong, July 26: Meghalaya police today arrested three elders of Mawryngkang village under East Khasi Hills district after they surrendered following a complaint against them for purportedly forcing a man to consume human excreta after it was alleged that he practised witchcraft.
East Khasi Hills superintendent of police M. Kharkrang said last evening that Sohra sub-divisional police officer Ian Swer and additional district magistrate W. Biam went to Mawryngkang village to arrest the three main accused in the case.
However, the trio were not found in the village and evaded arrest, Kharkrang said. But this morning, the trio surrendered before the SP and were later arrested and forwarded to court.
On Tuesday, Biam had lodged an FIR against the headman, Kerini Khongsit, assistant headman Thwer Tynsong and secretary Jwatbor Khongmalai of Mawryngkang village council.
Noping Khongsit, a resident of the village, was accused of practising witchcraft after four girls of the village claimed they were suffering from certain diseases because of Khongsit’s alleged activities.
The girls, aged between 11 and 20 years, supposedly uttered Khongsit’s name in their sleep and claimed that in their dreams Khongsit frightened them with snakes.
Following these allegations, the village council, on Saturday, in the presence of villagers, directed Khongsit to consume human excreta as punishment.