Police said the killings were attributed to witchcraft "diktats," non-reviewable orders demanding women labeled as witches be killed by cutting their throats, Bikyamasr.com reported Monday.
Officials said two people in Lawagai were killed March 10 and less than a month later a couple were killed in Hastala. The victims had their throats slit, police said.
A recent survey indicated as many as 1,157 murders were committed between 1991 and 2010 because of the practices, Bikyamasr.com said. In 2001, the Indian government enacted a law in an effort to stifle the witchcraft killings
Government sources said most of the slayings may have been a grab for the victims' property.