In what is believed to be a case of human sacrifice, a couple clubbed to death their two daughters at Madanapalle town in Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday night.
The accused, Padmaja and her husband Purushottam Naidu used dumbbells to kill their two daughters — Alekhya (27) and Sai Diviya (22).
.When asked about the incident, the couple said their daughters will come alive again after the sunrise — as ‘kalyuga’ will end and ‘satyuga’ will start from Monday.
The couple work as principals in a school.
Alekhya, the elder daughter of the couple, had completed her Master’s degree in Bhopal, while the younger daughter, Sai Divya, was a BBA graduate. Divya was also a student of AR Rahman Music School in Mumbai and had returned home during the lockdown.
Police said the couple were behaving strangely during Covid-19 lockdown and particularly on Sunday night. Neighbours called police after hearing strange noises and cries from the house.
When police tried entering the house, the couple resisted. But when they finally forced themselves into the house, the crime scene left the police in shock.
The body of one of the girls was recovered from the ‘puja room’ and another body was found in the other room. The bodies were covered in red clothes.
“We do not know the full details about why and how the incident happened, but the couple were not acting normally when we reached there. They requested us to give them one day’s time, stating that the dead will wake up. After interacting with them, we got the sense that they seem to be in a delusional state, so it will take time to investigate,” superintendent of police Ravi Manohar Chary said.
Police said the couple and their daughters remained isolated at their residence and did not allow maids inside the house following the pandemic. “The maids would just clean the place from outside and leave,” the SP said.
Though there is speculation that it is a case of human sacrifice, investigating police officers only confirmed that the parents are not acting normal. The couple’s version however is not yet known, they are in custody.