A woman beggar was beaten to death on Saturday and four others were brutally assaulted by villagers in Jharkhand’s Sahebganj district on suspicion of being ‘choti-katwa’ or braid-cutters, police said.

Police said Assistant Sub-Inspector Kapildeo Keshri was injured when a police team went to Radha Nagar to rescue the group as the villagers pelted them with stones.

A child too was thrashed severely by the villagers. The woman was admitted in a hospital where she died.

Police said the villagers were agitated after the braid of a girl was cut.

earlier three women from Aligarh district of Uttar Pradesh claimed being victim of the ongoing bizarre scare.

The panic has struck people in the rural areas, so much that the Uttar Pradesh police had to intervene and appeal to people to not to believe in rumours, the police have assured that the cases are being investigated and proper measures will be taken to stop such incidents.