Mathura Topno had “failed” his village. In four months, Buruhatu-Amtoli Pahar had lost eight people. Cattle were dropping dead. As the village priest and healer, he had not been able to save them. The least he could do now was point them to the source of “evil”. So, on the morning of February 23, dragged to the centre of the Gram Sabha with some 100 people around him, Mathura was asked for names. He gave them random names. The next morning, an elderly man found the bloodsoaked body of Josfina Topno, 55, just outside her mud house. Inside, on a wooden cot, was the body of her husband, Nikodim, 60. And in the next room, piled on top of one another were three more corpses — that of their son Vincent, 35, their daughter-in-law Silvanti, 30, and their grandson Albin,5. A bright yellow and pink toy truck and a cart fashioned out of a box lay next to Albin’s lifeless body. The family had been hacked to death with axes at night about 10 hours after the gram sabha where Mathura had given the names. “It was all done in 3 minutes,” one of the killers, Salim Topno, boasted later.