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Bhopal, May 17 (Ajit Weekly News) Two persons have been arrested for allegedly killing three members of the same family, including a 12-year-old girl in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandla district, the police said on Tuesday.

According to the police, during questioning, the arrested persons confessed their crime, stating they killed them on suspicion of witchcraft by a woman — one of the victims.

“After the incident, it was suspected that some family persons might be involved in this brutal killing of the family. During the investigation, it was found that the family had a dispute over suspicion of witchcraft. Later, it was found that two persons of the same family killed the victims with an axe on Monday night,” the police said in a statement.

Those arrested have been identified as Khetu Warkde and Motilal Warkade. Police have also recovered the weapon (axe) used in the crime.

The three family members of the tribal family were found dead on the rooftop of their building in Patadehi Bodasilli village in Mandla district on Tuesday morning.

One of the victims — a 57-year-old woman — was beheaded, and the severed head was hung from a tree about a km from the murder spot.

The two other victims were identified as — Narbad Singh Warkade, 62, and his 12-year-old grand-daughter — Mahima. Both Narbad Singh and Mahima were found with slit throats, while Sukrati Bai was beheaded, the police said.

–Ajit Weekly News

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