Berhampur: In an act of extreme brutality, a man was forced to eat human excreta and asked to pull out his own teeth before being allegedly murdered by a group of villagers who suspected him of practicing black magic in Ganjam district.
The barbaric incident which occurred at Rameyapalli village under Chamakhandi police limits of Ganjam district on June 19, came to light only after a video clip containing the act made way to the internet. As many as 14 people have been arrested in connection with the incident.
In the disturbing viral video, the deceased, N Venkataraman along with two others, identified as Bhim Raju Reddy and P Dhabaleswar were seen being assaulted brutally by a mob. Hundreds of villagers were present when the trio was thrashed mercilessly.
Later, a critically injured Venkataraman was given pliers and asked to pull out his own teeth. A hapless Venkataraman was seen making desperate attempts to pull out his teeth. Subsequently, the attackers got his teeth pulled out by another victim.
However, the brutality did not stop there. While Venkataraman was subsequently killed by the angry mob, two others escaped death by a whisker.
Ganjam SP Brijesh Ray said, “So far 14 persons have been arrested in connection with the incident and further investigation is underway. If the involvement of more people is found, we will arrest them and take action as per law.”