Police in Andhra Pradesh have arrested a couple, who killed their two daughters allegedly under the influence of tantriks.
According to a report by the Times of India, the couple was in a state of trance sitting near the bodies of their daughters when the police had reached their home on Sunday.
While the father, Dr V Purushotham Naidu, has reportedly come out of the trance, his wife Padmaja continued to behave strangely.
She was singing and dancing and shouting that the novel coronavirus had not originated in China, but created by the gods to cleanse the “bad elements” in the Kali Yug.
When police took Padmaja to a hospital for Covid-19 test, she refused to give her sample shouting that she herself was novel coronavirus in human form and there was no need for tests.
The couple according to another report by the newspaper, did so with the belief that their children would come back to life within 24 hours.
They strongly believed that ‘Kali yug’ was ending and Monday would see the ‘dawn of Satya yug’ which their ‘reborn’ daughters would be able to enjoy, reports Sandeep Raghavan.
V Purushotham Naidu and his wife Padmaja told the police they ‘sacrificed’ the two women only to bring them back to life in a purer form. “Give us time till the end of the night, we will bring them back,” they said.
Neighbors told police they had been hearing strange sounds from the house for the last four days, but the couple told them they were performing special pujas. At around 9 pm on Sunday, Naidu called up a friend and told him his daughters had been sacrificed to the Almighty. Shocked, he alerted police who rushed to the spot.
The couple initially stopped police from entering the house, stating rituals were being performed. When police officials forcibly barged into the house, it was in disarray with objects of tantric worship strewn everywhere. The body of one of the daughters was lying in the puja room while the second daughter’s body was found naked and in a pool of blood in a bedroom on the second floor.
Sai Divya was bludgeoned with a dumbbell while her sister was killed with a trident. The bodies have been shifted to the local government hospital for postmortem.
Police said the couple will be taken into custody once they complete the last rites of their daughters.
The police have named Naidu as accused No 1 and Padmaja as accused No 2 in the case.
The couple on Sunday brutally murdered their daughters, Alekhya (27) and Sai Divya (22), in what appeared to be part of occult practice.
Speaking to TOI Madanapalli DSP A Ravi Manoharachari said police and doctors had a tough time completing the medical examination as Padmaja acted strangely claiming that she was a form of Lord Shiva.