According to the police, two women in Kerala were allegedly kidnapped, beheaded, and buried as part of an alleged “witchcraft ritual” to increase wealth in the village of Elanthoor in the Pathanamthitta district, they added on Tuesday. One person has been detained in connection with the case, and two others are being held.
During the arrest of Shafi alias Rasheed from Perumbavoor, the police also detained Bhagaval Singh, a traditional healer from Elanthoor who used to treat patients in his home, along with his wife Laila.
“He is the case’s initial accused. The healer’s and his wife’s arrest will soon be documented. Shafi promised the women money in exchange for taking them to the healer. The women were killed using a very heinous technique, according to Kochi City Police Commissioner C H Nagaraju.
We believe a ritualistic human sacrifice was performed. The women’s bodies need to be exhumed. The women were executed by beheading them, and their corpses were interred in Elanthoor, Pathanamthitta, he continued.
The bodies have been exhumed by the police. This will not be a typical missing person scenario. This case has numerous levels and is quite intricate, Nagaraju stated.
Roslin and Padma, two lottery sellers from the Ernakulam region, were reported missing in June and September, respectively, according to the police. During the course of their investigation into Padma’s case, the police came to learn of the “human sacrifice.”
According to police commissioner Nagaraju, the couple’s financial security was the primary goal of the human sacrifice. “The confessional statements from the agent and the couple are already in our possession. The couple executed the women in a brutal manner. In order to satisfy God and resolve their financial problems, the couple chose to sacrifice the women, according to Nagaraju. He added that the bodies, which had purportedly been cut up, had been buried on property close to the couple’s home.
Palaniyamma, a woman, reported her sister Padma missing to the Kadavanthra police station, part of the Kochi City police, on September 26. Although Padma was originally from Dharmapuri in Tamil Nadu, she had been living in Kochi for a while. The authorities discovered Shafi after looking through mobile phone records. Shafi was detained by the authorities, and it was during his questioning that the twin killings were made public.
The 49-year-old Roslin vanished on June 8. She was a lottery vendor living with her partner in Kalady, Ernakulam district. On August 17, Manju, her daughter who is a teacher in Uttar Pradesh, travelled to Kerala and reported a crime to the Kalady police. However, the Kaladi police failed to find any leads.