5 held for beating woman practising witchcraft

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Patna, Mar 28: Altogether five people have been arrested for mercilessly beating a woman allegedly practising witchcraft at Gumaria under Maner police station in Patna district. Admitting the incident, Bihar Energy Minister Vijendra Prasad Yadav said in the Assembly that Lalpari Devi (50), wife of Jagdish Paswan, was beaten up on charges of practising witchcraft yesterday.

He said soon after getting the information police acted promptly and arrested a person yesterday, while four were arrested today. The victim was admitted to a local hospital for treatment. An FIR was lodged at Maner police station in this connection. The matter was being investigated, Mr Yadav said. Eds: Please pick up suitably from earlier series.

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