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Family of Somai Hembram allegedly practicing witchcraft restored to their home

Suprakash Chowdhury, Sting Newz Correspondent, Purba Bardhaman: The ousted family of 17 members of Somai Hembram of Katadanga village under Memari II Block allegedly under suspicion of having practiced witchcraft, wandering for the last 3 and half  years, have been restored to their home today under a serious administrative arrangement. Their home have been rebuilt by BDO Memari II & all essential living requirements met up. Basic ration with some condiments, clothes, utensils , relief materials etc have been provided to the family for their immediate need. A Police camp 24 x 7 is in place to watch over the situation & keep vigil on the village for the safety of the rehabilitated family.

Sources said, this event was preceded by intensive village level awareness on anti-witchcraft & repeated negotiations with the villagers. While another peace meeting also took place in the village immediately after restoring the family, the process of social rehabilitation is set to motion with the help of Tribal leaders who were conspicuously present today with their supporters & have been advised by the administration to stay with the family on rotational basis, till the situation normalises & the said family is absorbed in the mainstream & accepted by all members of the Tribal community.

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