Malawi Police in central region tobacco growing district of Kasungu moved in swiftly to fire teargas to disperse rioting parents who accuse a businessman at Chinkhoma Trading Centre of casting their children with a strange disease.
Although the police managed to protect the business person Monday night, they failed to protect his property as his house was demolished and his property damaged.
The ugly scenes followed a strange disease which hit some children at Chinkhoma Primary School which left some children unconscious and others behaving as if they were mentally disturbed.
They were taken to Chinkhoma CCAP where they were prayed upon after medical staff failed to diagnose any disease.
Kasungu Police Public Relations Officer Edna Mzingwitsa said the irate parents targetted the businessman after the children claimed they were seeing him in their illusions.
Mzingwitsa said calm has now returned at the place after a night of rioting and running battles between the police and the parents.
She said the police are yet to make arrests in connection with the damage of the property.
Belief in witchcraft runs deep in the conservative southern African country.