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Villager killed over suspicion of witchcraft; one held

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A youth has been arrested for allegedly killing a 45-year-old villager in Dahanu taluka

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Thane: A youth has been arrested for allegedly killing a 45-year-old villager in Dahanu taluka of the district on suspicion that he had been practicing witchcraft, police said today.

Police had on November 1 recovered the body of Yeshwant Shanya Wadu, from Dongripada hamlet of Vaki, with multiple injuries, API A K Bhagwan of Gholwad police station said.

They sent the body for postmortem and a case of accidental death was registered at that time.

However, later the deceased’s son lodged a complaint with police that his parents were brutally beaten up by fellow villager – Nilesh Mohan Lolka (25) – as he suspected them of practicing witchcraft.

According to the complainant, the accused beat up the couple on November 1 with a hard and blunt object following which his father succumbed.

Based on the complaint, police launched a man hunt for the accused and nabbed him from a hideout last night.

The case has now been registered for murder, police said, adding that further investigation was on.

PTI

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