Rourkela: A man beat a 70-year-old tribal woman to death with stick on the suspicion that she was practising surcery, which had resulted in his family disturbance.

The incident took place on Saturday at Jagadishpurunder Kuanrmunda police limits in Sundergarh district.

The deceased has been identified as Birasi Barla.

Sources said Barla was alone in her home while accused Ghanasyama Ekka of the same village barged into her house and dragged her out. He beat her up severely leading to her death.

Locals informed police who rushed to the spot and seized the body for post-mortem. Investigation began after the arrest of accused.