Cou­ple killed over sus­pi­cion of black magic, two ar­rested

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PUNE: A woman and her hus­band were al­legedly hacked to death at a vil­lage in Pune dis­trict of Ma­ha­rash­tra on the sus­pi­cion that she was prac­tis­ing black magic, po­lice said on Fri­day.

The in­ci­dent took place on Thurs­day at Aundhe vil­lage, around 50 kms from here and the vic­tims were iden­ti­fied as Li­l­abai Mukane (47) and her hus­band Navasu Mukane (55), po­lice said.

Two per­sons, iden­ti­fied as Jaitu Borkar and Ba­ban Mukane, were ar­rested by Khed po­lice in this con­nec­tion, they said.

Ac­cord­ing to a po­lice of­fi­cer, the de­ceased woman was a quack, but some peo­ple in the vil­lage, lo­cated in Khed tehsil, sus­pected that she was prac­tis­ing black magic.

“A few days ago, Borkar's daugh­ter had de­vel­oped cyst in her ab­domen. Borkar sus­pected that it due to the black magic done by Li­l­abai,” a se­nior of­fi­cer at Khed po­lice sta­tion said.

“Ba­ban's wife had also de­vel­oped some rashes on her body and even he sus­pected that it was due to Li­l­abai's black magic,” he added.

Ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cer, on Thurs­day both the ac­cused stormed into Mukane's house with sticks and sharp weapons and at­tacked Li­l­abai.

“When her hus­band came to save her, they also hacked him to death with sharp weapons,” he added.

Af­ter some of their neigh­bours found the cou­ple ly­ing in a pool of blood, they alerted the po­lice.

“Dur­ing the probe, Li­l­abai's daugh­ter told us that in the past her mother had ar­gu­ments with Borkar. Based on the in­puts, he was picked up for ques­tion­ing. Dur­ing his in­ter­ro­ga­tion, he spilled the beans and con­fessed to killing the cou­ple with the help of Ba­ban,” he added.

A case un­der sec­tion 302 (mur­der) has been reg­is­tered against the duo, po­lice said.

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