A total of 8 people were arrested as the police continued their investigation into the suspected case of witchcraft where Nongstoin police exhumed the body of an 80-year-old man who was recently buried alive by his relatives over the suspicion that he practiced witchcraft at a village in West Khasi Hills.
The body is sent for postmortem police said.
The body with hands and legs tied and face covered was exhumed on Monday from a 5-feet-deep pit in the Mawliehbah Mawnar village, they added.
“In connection with the incident that took place on the night of October 7, police arrested eight persons so far,” Superintendent of Police Herbert Lyngdoh said.
Home minister Lakhmen Rynbui appealed to people not to take law into their own hands.
“Yesterday they have arrested some people and few more will be arrested since the case is under investigation whoever has hands in that will be arrested and the necessary charge sheet will be made once the process of inquiry is over,” Rymbui said.
“The Government time and again requested the people not take law into their own hands,” the Home Minister said, adding, “Witchcraft is not a new thing in Meghalaya last week it happened in West Khasi Hills side.”
The villagers enrolled voluntarily to exhume the body of Moris Marngar after receiving the District Magistrate’s order. Also present during the exhumation were the District Magistrate, a doctor, and the villagers of Mawliehbah Mawnar. EOM