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Villager files FIR after witch-hunt threat

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TURA, July 25 - The Dadenggre Police Station today registered a complaint of threat to life, filed by a villager, after allegedly refusing to do so initially. Some villagers allegedly threatened the villager for practising traditional medicine, and accused him of practising �witchcraft�.

The villager, Marthinson Marak, a resident of Kosegre under the Dadenggre civil subdivision in the West Garo Hills district, went to file the complaint on July 19, but the police station allegedly refused to register the case.

According to the complainant, some people of the village held a meeting and accused him of practising �witchcraft�. He was asked to leave the village or face dire consequences. Marak has named four people behind the attempt to ostracize him.

After being informed of the development today, the SP of West Garo Hills, Dr MGR Kumar, directed the SDPO to look into the matter on an urgent basis and ensure that a case was filed.

Meanwhile, the SP confirmed this evening that a case has been registered at the Dadenggre PS and explained the reason for the delay. According to Dr Kumar, the complainant has been practising traditional medicine. However, some villagers complained that his patients showed no signs of improvement, which led them to believe that he was practising �witchcraft�.

�As the matter is extremely sensitive, the OC initially tried to find out what happened. The OC also said that he tried to contact the complainant for a final opinion before the case is taken up. The delay is unfortunate,� said Dr Kumar.

The complainant, however, denied not being available adding that he had even gone to the PS today to check on his complaint but it was still not being taken up, which led to him approaching a social activist for help.

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Villager files FIR after witch-hunt threat

TURA, July 25 - The Dadenggre Police Station today registered a complaint of threat to life, filed by a villager, after allegedly refusing to do so initially. Some villagers allegedly threatened the villager for practising traditional medicine, and accused him of practising �witchcraft�.

The villager, Marthinson Marak, a resident of Kosegre under the Dadenggre civil subdivision in the West Garo Hills district, went to file the complaint on July 19, but the police station allegedly refused to register the case.

According to the complainant, some people of the village held a meeting and accused him of practising �witchcraft�. He was asked to leave the village or face dire consequences. Marak has named four people behind the attempt to ostracize him.

After being informed of the development today, the SP of West Garo Hills, Dr MGR Kumar, directed the SDPO to look into the matter on an urgent basis and ensure that a case was filed.

Meanwhile, the SP confirmed this evening that a case has been registered at the Dadenggre PS and explained the reason for the delay. According to Dr Kumar, the complainant has been practising traditional medicine. However, some villagers complained that his patients showed no signs of improvement, which led them to believe that he was practising �witchcraft�.

�As the matter is extremely sensitive, the OC initially tried to find out what happened. The OC also said that he tried to contact the complainant for a final opinion before the case is taken up. The delay is unfortunate,� said Dr Kumar.

The complainant, however, denied not being available adding that he had even gone to the PS today to check on his complaint but it was still not being taken up, which led to him approaching a social activist for help.

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