Yes, a ghost case…….. this is an Indian case State of Orissa Vs Ram Bahadur Thapa where the incidents happen in a small village called Rasagovindpur.
In that village there is an abandoned aerodrome where large quantities of aeroscrap are collected and it is surrounded by Adivasi villagers, inhabited mostly by communities like Majhis and Santals who strongly believe in ghosts. The Defence Department kept two servants named Dibakar and Govind to protect the aerodrome from any kind of theft.
Person named Jagat Bandhu Chatterjee came there with Nepali servant, Ram Bahadur Thapa for purchasing aeroscrap and they stayed in the tea stall of Krishna Chandra Patro.
Chandra majhi a person from the next village named Telkundi came to Krishna Chandra tea stall and stayed there before proceeding to his village alone at night due to fear of ghost.
But Jagat Bandhu Chatterjee and his servant where very anxious to see ghosts. Hence he made Chandra mahji and Krishna Chandra to come along with them.
After leaving Chandra majhi in telkundi and returting back on the way they saw some light flickering at distance and wind was blowing their way which gave them an impression that it was “will-o” die wisp.
Everyone where of the opinion that there were some ghosts dancing around. Ram Bahadur thapa reached there first with his ‘khurki’ ( Nepalise knife) and began to attack the ghosts indiscriminately and by the time Krishna arrived, Ram gave a severe blow to him as well.
Ram attacked knowing it to be ghosts, but it finally came to be known, they were women of Majhis locality who had hurricane lantern with them for collecting ‘Mohua’ flowers.
Ram had killed a women named Gelhi Majhiani and injured 2 other women and also attacked Krishna who was severely injured. He did all this thinking them to be ghosts on a bonafide intention.
The trial court and the High court of Orissa were both on the same opinion that the assailant had no malafide intention in doing the aforesaid act and it was under a bonafide mistake of fact thinking that he was attacking ghosts and not humans beings and he was acquitted under section 79 of IPC.