Halorsing Kharumnuid (47) suffered the brutality before he was let off with warnings two days ago, East Khasi Hills district SP M Kharkrang said. Seven of the eight accused were arrested this morning.
Last week, a village elder and two others were arrested after the district administration lodged a human right abuse complaint with the police after a man was forced to eat his own excreta on charges of witchcraft.
Taking cognizance of the inhuman act, the National Human Rights Commission has earlier sought report on the case from the East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner and police. This is the third such case reported to the administration in the past one year.