Baripada: A man allegedly hacked two women to death, suspecting them of practising witchcraft at Madhupur under Jamda police limits in Mayurbhanj district on Sunday.
The accused identified as Shyam Baske of the same village was a barren. He suspected both the women identified as Karmi Murmu and Surya Hembram applying black magic on him which diminished his ability to produce children.
He decided to eliminate both of them. Baske hacked the duo with an axe to death.
Baske also attacked another woman happens to be the aunt of Baske, police said.
The woman was rushed to Jamda hospital. Her condition is stated to be critical, doctors said.
After committing the crime, Baske surrendered before the police. He is being interrogated. A case has been registered in this connection, police said.
Police are launching anti-witchcraft campaigns from time to time in the tribal dominated district. Still there is no let-up in such violence. These incidents are occurring because of poverty, blind belief and lack of education.