Such is the fear among the residents in Khagrol that the villagers are too scared to venture out at night. Ranjana is not the only woman who found her hair being cut off under mysterious circumstances.
12-year-old Bhawna also witnessed the bizarre attack in which her braided hair was cut by "someone" at her home. "I came to the fridge to get milk but suddenly someone tackled me from behind and snipped my hair. I resisted but was pushed against the wall. Though I managed to run out of the house, I couldn't see anyone else leave. I don't know who or what it was," she told NDTV.
Bhawna's father along with other villagers have now decided to hang neem branches at the door to steer away evil spirits. "The evil spirit which chops hair braids is on the loose and we are very scared. Since the police are not registering our complaints, we have resorted to traditional methods to keep them away," said Virender Pratap, a village head.
Meanwhile, the police has urged the villagers not to fall victim to such rumours, insisting that there cannot be any logical conclusion to this.
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