Latehar (Jharkhand): In yet another incident of an atrocious act, this time by a Jharkhand panchayat, an elderly couple was first accused of witchcraft and then was forced to eat excreta and drink urine.

In this inhumane act which seems to be like a throwback to medieval times, 65-year-old Robert Lakra and his 60-year-old wife Colestina of Latehar district were blamed for the sudden death of cows, buffaloes and goats in June at Puro village and taken forcibly before the panchayat on July 8, Superintendent of Police Kranti Kumar told reporters on Monday.

When the couple denied that they practised witchcraft, they were made to eat their excreta and drink urine as per the diktat of the panchayat, Kumar said.

"An FIR against 11 persons was lodged today after we got the information about the incident," the SP said.

JPN/ Agencies

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