//Old woman, grandson killed in exorcism rite

Old woman, grandson killed in exorcism rite

Muzaffarnagar, Aug. 26 (PTI): A 60-year-old woman and her grandson were allegedly killed in an exorcism rite that sought to cure an unidentified illness the entire family was suffering from at a village here, a police official said today.

The bodies of the woman Kashmiri and the boy Anuj, 14, with their hair burnt and bearing injury marks were recovered from their house in Aminnagar village in the district this morning and three persons were arrested, Superintendent of Police Devendra Chaundhry said.

He said Vir Singh, his wife Santosh and their daughter had allegedly performed some exorcism rite as the entire family of nine had been suffering for some time from an unidentified illness and they could not find a cure.

The SP said Vir Singh then tried to perform the rite to drive away "evil spirits" and cure them of the illness and his mother-in-law and one of his sons died as a result.

Chaudhry said the bodies had been sent for post-mortem and the three were being questioned.