Three infants were beaten to death in a village on the outskirts of Yangon by a man purporting to be a healer, who told their families they were possessed by evil spirits.
The mystic allegedly punched and kicked two toddlers and an eight-month-old baby to death during exorcism rituals last week, according to police and relatives. Lieutenant Major Kyaw Naing Soe said the “exorcist” put the villagers into a trance, then killed the children as they watched.
“On the night of the 18th, the three-year-old boy was beaten to death and the culprit threw him in the Twante Canal,” he told AFP. “On his return, he continued to beat the three young girls and two of them were killed.”
U Tun Naing, the uncle of the dead boy, said the villagers had lost their senses after the exorcist fed them “blessed” water, then made them stand in a circle as he chanted and cast spells.
“Because of what he did everyone was out of their mind,” U Tun Naing told AFP, his eyes still glazed.