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Assam min brands 2 sisters witches, probe ordered

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Guwahati, January 24, 2013
First Published: 00:16 IST(24/1/2013) | Last Updated: 01:42 IST(24/1/2013)

The Gauhati high court has ordered a CBI probe against an Assam minister for allegedly harassing and torturing two sisters by having them branded as witches with the intent of grabbing their land.

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Radhika Shah, 20, and her sister Gayatri, 18, wrote to the high court last May, accusing Khor Sing Engti of trying to grab their land in a village in Karbi Anglong district through hired goons and torturing them by branding them as witches.

Engti, Howraghat MLA, is minister for hill areas development in the Tarun Gogoi cabinet.

The court directed the CBI to conduct a probe and submit its report in three months. They also asked the Karbi Anglong district police chief to provide security to the two women and their aged parents.

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