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TURA | July 25, 2019:

After over a week, the police finally took up a case of threat to life of a traditional medicine practitioner in West Garo Hills district of Meghalaya after he was accused of practicing witch craft.

It was reported that the Dadenggre police station in WGH had initially refused to register a complaint and it was only after week that they finally took up this case today.

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The complainant, Marthinson Marak, a resident of Kosegre under Dadenggre Civil Sub Division had initially tried to complain on threat to his life on July 19 but despite the urgency of the matter, the PS reportedly refused to register the complaint.

According to the complaint by the victim, some people from the village earlier held a meeting wherein he was accused of witch craft and was threatened to leave the village or face dire consequences.

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The victim named 4 people, Sansen Ch Marak, Midin Marak, Tangseng Marak and Silseng Sangma (all from the same village) as being the men behind the attempt to ostracize him. After being informed of the indiscretion today, the superintendent of police, WGH, Dr MGR Kumar directed the SDPO to look into the matter on an urgent basis and to ensure a case was filed.

The SP later this evening confirmed that a case has been registered at the Dadenggre PS and explained the reason for the delay.

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According to Dr Kumar, the complainant has been practicing traditional medicines for quite some time. However some of the villagers informed that no progress was noticeable in his patients, which led them to believe that the local doctor was practicing witch craft.

“As the matter is extremely sensitive, the OC initially tried to find out what happened. He was promised by the villagers that no such action – including the threat to his life would be made or taken up against the complainant. 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 on the matter.

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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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