Rayagada: The bodies of three persons, including a couple, who were allegedly murdered for allegedly practising witchcraft on Sunday night at Ukambaguda village in Gunupur area are yet to be traced.
The deceased have been identified as Gopal Sabar and his wife Lakhmi Sabar and a 70-year-old woman Jangili Sabar.
Sabita Sabar, the daughter of the deceased couple, alleged that a group of 30-40 persons beat her parents and the elderly woman in cricket bats to death over suspicion of practicing sorcery on Sunday night.
Sources said the accused persons suspected that the trio were practising witchcraft after a man of their village died after a prolong illness recently.
Meanwhile, on being informed Gunupur police rushed to the village and started an investigation along with a scientific team and a dog squad. Efforts are on to trace the bodies.