Andhra Pradesh: Elderly man branded as sorcerer, beaten to death

Hyderabad: An elderly man was on Friday beaten to death by a group of people including his relatives for allegedly practising black magic in Mahabubnagar district of Andhra Pradesh, police said.

The incident took place around 1100 hours at Chennaram village in Balmuru mandal of the district when a group of people including relatives and members of the community thrashed G Niranjan (60), an agricultural labourer, resulting in his death, they said.

"They (group) suspected that Niranjan was practising black magic after one of his relatives died in the village a month ago," a police officer told PTI.

No one has been arrested in connection with the case so far, as investigations were still on. Police have registered a case of murder.

In a similar incident, two senior citizens-- Yellaiah (65) and Narasimha (70)-- were burnt alive allegedly by villagers, mostly women, who accused the duo of practising "sorcery" at Khairtapuram village in Nalgonda district of Andhra Pradesh on September 15.