TURA, May 14: A 70 odd old man accused of practicing witchcraft was brutally hacked to death by his own relative at Okkapara Songgitcham village in South West Garo Hills (SWGH) at about 5 am on Sunday morning.
According to sources, Kilman Ch Marak and Rajan M Marak had a long personal enmity mainly on accusations of the deceased - Rajan Marak practicing witchcraft on Kilman, an allegation that is being looked into.
Incidentally both the victim and the accused were relatives. Kilman initially tried to kill Rajan with a SBBL gun but missed. He then attacked him with a ‘khukri’ and killed him.
The suspect was later caught by the villagers and handed over to the Garobadha investigation centre, under which Okkapara falls.
“There were accusations of witchcraft which incidentally provoked the murder, though this is being investigated. The body has been brought to the Tura Civil Hospital where a post mortem is being done. The accused, Kilman Marak, has also been arrested,” said a highly placed police source.
Police later recovered both murder weapons (SBBL gun and khukri) and an investigation into the matter is currently on.