Guwahati: Nine people, including seven women, have been arrested on charges of criminal conspiracy for branding an Assam athlete as a witch, police said on Wednesday.

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 Thursday.

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 Championship in Haryana, was targeted by the villagers at the instigation of the Laskar last Thursday at Cherekali village, about 20 km from the district headquarters Diphu.

She was attacked after a meeting at the Naamghar (the community prayer hall) concluded that a “witch was hidden” within Debajani that caused some deaths in the village.

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