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Body of 90-year-old Meghalaya man buried alive on witchcraft suspicion exhumed; eight arrested – India News , Firstpost

Moris Marngar was reported lacking by his youngsters on 8 Oct. The police say that the preliminary investigation has revealed that 18 members of his prolonged household are concerned within the killing

Police officers inspecting the crime scene. Image Courtesy: ANI

The physique of the 90-year-old man, who was buried alive allegedly by his relations in Meghalaya’s West Khasi Hills district over the suspicion that he practised witchcraft, was exhumed and despatched for autopsy, police stated on Tuesday.

Eight folks have to date been arrested in connection with the killing of Moris Marngar, they stated. The physique with fingers and legs tied and face lined was exhumed on Monday from a 5-feet-deep pit within the Mawliehbah Mawnar village, they added.

“Eight persons have been arrested in connection with the incident that took place on the night of 7 October,” Superintendent of Police  Herbert Lyngdoh stated.

Marngar’s youngsters had reported to the village authorities about him going lacking, a day after he was forcibly taken away from his home at Mawliehbah by his relations, a group chief informed PTI.

The matter was reported to the police and the three major accused — Denial, Jayles and Differwell, all of whom are his nephews, had been arrested on Sunday, he stated. Five others had been arrested on Monday, the officer stated, including that makes an attempt are on to apprehend the opposite accused in the case.

Marngar’s physique was lined with stones and a cross engraved with the phrase “RIP”, Lyngdoh stated. The sufferer’s fingers had been tied to his again, and his legs had been lined in a sack and tied with a rope, an official, who was with the exhumation staff, stated.

His different nephews, Yesparius and Barslomius, informed reporters that their uncle had forged evil spells on one in every of his nieces and different members of the family.

The niece was sick for the final three months, and her household blamed Marngar for it. Yesparius claimed that the woman recovered following
Marngar’s dying.

The Mawliehbah Mawnar village council condemned the grotesque homicide. The village mourns the dying of an elder like Moris, stated BS Nongphud, an govt member of the council. He urged the folks to not take the legislation into their fingers.

Deputy Superintendent of Police B Kharjana stated the preliminary investigation has revealed that 18 members of the prolonged household are concerned within the killing.

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