Surat: In a bid to get their kin rid of evil spirits, family members of a man ended up killing him, said the police on Wednesday. The 50-year-old, a resident of Surat was stomped by on his chest by six of his kin in order to relieve him of evil spirits. Also Read - 69-Year-Old Man Gujarat's First Casualty Due to Coronavirus, Death Toll in India Rises to Seven

The deceased was identified as Kanji Kumbhar, a resident of Parasnath Society in Katargam in Surat, police said. The six of the accused were arrested by the police. Also Read - Week After Bhuj Strip-check Row, Women Trainee Clerks in Surat Forced to Stand Naked For Fitness Test

“Kumbhar’s three sons, including a minior, a daughter, his daughter-in-law and wife, were arrested for allegedly killing him while performing black magic on him on Saturday night,” Katargam police station inspector S M Joshi said. Also Read - Supreme Court Puts on Hold Hanging of Man Who Raped And Murdered 3-year-old in Surat

“Kumbhar’s family members believed that he was possessed by evil spirits. They decided to drive away the evil spirits by performing black magic on him,” he said.

On Saturday night, they first offered some adulterated water to him and then made him lie down on the floor facing the ceiling of their apartment. Thereafter, they repeatedly jumped on his chest despite knowing that he might die, he said.

While one of his arrested sons is a minor, the other accused were identified as sons Prakash and Dinesh, daughter Hetal, daughter-in-law Nishita and wife Hansa, the officer said adding that the accused left the body lying in the flat and went to stay elsewhere in the city.

After being alerted, the police recovered his body and sent it for post-mortem, Joshi said,

“The post-mortem report revealed that Kumbhar died of shock and haemorrhage as a result of injuries to his spleen and lungs,” he said citing the post-mortem report.

“When questioned, his family members initially tried to mislead the police by making false statements about his death. However, later they revealed that Kumbhar died during the process of black magic,” he said.

They were traced and brought before police for questioning.

They have been arrested under IPC sections 302 (murder), 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) and 193 (punishment for false evidence).

(With inputs from agency)