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An elderly woman was set ablaze after branding her as a witch in a Gujarat village.

Around seven members of a family from Rojwa village in the Vadodara district allegedly attacked Mohliben Dhansingh Rathwa, 55, at her house on Sunday.

They dragged her out and set her on fire, a police official said, adding four accused were today arrested while three others involved in the attack are on the run.

According to police, the accused suspected the victim practiced black magic and was responsible for the death of their relative Shankar Rathwa a month ago.

Though Shankar died of snake bite, the accused consulted a tantrik who is believed to have instigated them to brand the woman as a witch.

They allegedly went to the woman’s house, scared away her husband and children before setting her on fire, police said.

A case of murder has been registered against the four persons, they added.

Source: indian express

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