Hyderabad: In a shocking incident, a man was accused of sorcery, beaten to death and his body set ablaze on a pyre by a group of people at Adraspalli village in Shamirpet late on Wednesday night.
According to the police, the episode began with the death of a woman, G.Lakshmi, 45, who was ill for the last five years. She was being treated at Osmania General Hospital where she died on Tuesday.
Police said she was cremated in a ground on the outskirts of the Adraspalli village late on Wednesday. The man, Anjaneyulu, 26, a labourer also from the same village, had gone near the cremation ground to relieve himself around 8 pm, when he was caught by Lakshmi’s relatives who alleged that he had killed her with sorcery.
“After the funeral, some of her relatives stayed back as they suspected that the person who performed sorcery on her and killed her would visit the cremation site as well,” AVR Narasimha Rao, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Petbasheerabad, said.
It was at this time that Anjaneyulu, who was not connected to the death in any way, went there to relieve himself.
Beaten to death
“They suspected him to be the person who performed sorcery and caught him. Other relatives too gathered immediately. They beat him to death with sticks and his body was thrown on Lakshmi’s pyre, which was still burning,” Rao said.
After committing the offence, the group fled the spot. The news slowly spread across the village and reached the Shamirpet police. The police reached the spot around 9 pm and shifted the charred remains of Anjaneyulu to Gandhi Hospital morgue for an autopsy.
Officials said Lakshmi’s family had started believing she died due to sorcery, but without any evidence.
“Nobody told them it was an act of sorcery. They just started believing out of ignorance and superstition,” police said.
The police have detained two suspects for questioning. The body was handed over to Anjaneyulu’s family here on Thursday. Based on further evidence, arrests will be made, officials said.