According to the residents of several villages, spotted the spiders regarding a month ago and asserted that two persons had died after being bitten by the giant hairy spider.
Eight others are in Sadiya civil hospital after being bitten by the arachnids. But, Sadiya sub-divisional officer Kishore Thakuria said it could not be determined that the two persons had died due to the spider bite as they were cremated before autopsies could be conducted.
Thakuria said that an alert was sounded in the area and people were asked to take precautions like staying indoors at night. Sadiya civil hospital superintendent Anil Phatowali said those entire bits by the spiders, first went to witch doctors who cut open their wounds with razors, drained out blood and burnt it and that possibly making them ill.
A team of scientists leads by Dibrugarh University head of the department of life sciences LR Saikia visited the area and collected specimens, which were so far to be recognized.