Baripada, May 4: In a gory incident, an elderly man was brutally murdered over suspicion of practicing witchcraft in Thakurmunda block of Mayurbhanj district today.
The deceased has been identified as Sambhu Lohara.
As per reports, the incident took place in Cheratangara village under Thakurmunda police limits. A youth, identified as Kande Jamuda of the village, hacked Sambhu with an axe over suspicion of practicing witchcraft.
As a result, he sustained critical injuries and died on the spot.
On learning about the incident, police rushed to the spot and recovered the body. Later it was sent for autopsy procedure to a nearby hospital.
Police have also detained the accused for questioning and further investigation into the matter is underway.