Guwahati: Nine people, including seven women, have been arrested on charges of criminal conspiracy for branding an Assam athlete as a witch, police said yesterday.
Tulumai Medhi, Jugamayee Medhi, Kalmeswari Medhi, Purnima Hazarika, Meera Deka, Soroju Koch and Sarumai Bora have been arrested till date after the incident in Karbi Anglong district.
Two men — Radha Laskar, a Naamgharia (the person who heads a community prayer hall), and Dilsen Medhi — were also arrested after an FIR was lodged by the athlete's husband, a farmer.
Debajani Bora, a javelin thrower, who had won a gold medal in the 2011 National Masters in Haryana, was targeted by the villagers at the instigation of the Laskar.
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