Police arrested two persons in connection with the incident. The two, who have confessed to committing the crime, claimed children in the family were suffering from diseases due to the woman.
According to police, one Patibabu Debbarma and his son Sanjit Debbarma, relatives of the victim, Kanyapati Debbarma, entered the house with a country-made gun and killed her. Kanyapati was cooking when she was attacked. Her ailing 80-year-old husband was in the house. She had earlier been threatened with dire consequences if she so much as looked at children.
Law minister Tapan Chakraborty said the state government is planning to introduce a strict law to prevent witch-hunting in the state. At present, such cases are treated as murder cases.