Balasore: Niligiri police rescued three members of family who were captive in a hut for over three days on suspicion of practicing black magic in Kantabania village under Shyamsundarpur panchayat in Balasore district.
The victims were identified as Pratap Singh, his wife Lakshmi Singh and their relative Suna Singh.
According to sources, some locals of the village were taken ill for unknown reason and after few days some other fell ill. The villagers suspected the family members of practicing black magic and blamed them for the reason behind the disease. Later, the villagers thrashed them and detained them inside a hut for three days.
On being informed, Nilagiri police reached the village and rescued the victims from the hut. The police have registered a case in this regard and launched a probe into the matter.