Witch hunt claims two lives in Pune

DNA (Delhi) - - INDIA - Anurag Bende anurag.bende@dnain­dia.net

In a case of witch hunt­ing, a 47-year-old woman was lynched at her res­i­dence in Aundhe vil­lage of Khed tehsil, Pune, on Thurs­day. The woman’s hus­band, who tried to save her, was also killed.

Li­l­abai Navasu Mukane (47) and her hus­band Navasu Ku­naji Mukane (55) resided in a small vil­lage, about 50 kilo­me­tre from Pune.

Khed po­lice have ar­rested two per­sons from a nearby vil­lage in con­nec­tion with the mur­der; they have been iden­ti­fied as Jaitu Borkar and Ba­ban Mukane. The ar­rests were made from Koyande vil­lage, which is ad­ja­cent to Aundhe.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, de­ceased Li­l­abai was a quack and res­i­dents of nearby vil­lages sus­pected she knew black magic tricks. In­spec­tor Arvind Chaud­hari, in­charge of Khed po­lice sta­tion, told DNA, “Borkar’s daugh­ter had de­vel­oped a cyst in her stom­ach and he sus­pected that Li­l­abai had cast a black magic spell on her. Sim­i­larly, Ba­ban’s wife had de­vel­oped some rashes on her body and he also sus­pected Li­l­abai for it. They had even got into ar­gu­ments with her on this is­sue in the past.”

How­ever, ac­cord­ing to po­lice, no­body had thought that the ar­gu­ment will lead to the dou­ble mur­der. Chaud­hari said, “On the day of Di­wali Padwa, Borkar and Mukane had gone hunt­ing and on their way to the for­est, they spot­ted Li­l­abai’s house. Base on their sus­pi­cion that she prac­tices black magic, they de­cided to kill her.”

“They en­tered her house and started beat­ing her with sticks. When her hus­band tried to in­ter­vene, the duo at­tacked him with sharp weapons and they left the house only af­ter en­sur­ing that the cou­ple was dead,” he added.

Pic­ture for rep­re­sen­ta­tion

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