Witch hunt claims two lives in Pune
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.
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