Two young women were allegedly killed by their parents inside their home in Andhra Pradesh's Chittoor district, the police said. The sisters, both in their 20s, were apparently taking part in a ritual and were hit with a dumbbell.
The police said that prima facie, the murders appear linked to occult practices.
Police Officer M Chidananda Reddy told the media, "The scene of crime suggests some rituals were carried out; the women were clad in a red saree and the parents appeared to be highly delusional."
The locals alerted the police after hearing loud and strange noises coming out of the house. The police reached the spot late last night and found the dead bodies of the young women. The parents reportedly claimed that they could revive their daughters if they were given a day's time. The couple claimed that they had received a divine message to sacrifice their daughters as the Kali Yuga was going to end that night and they would be reborn next day at the beginning of the Satya Yuga.
The parents, both in their 50s, are both highly educated. The father, Valleru Purushottam Naidu is a professor of chemistry and vice-principal at the Government Girls' Degree College in Madanapalle, while the mother, Padmaja is apparently a gold medallist postgraduate in mathematics and works at an IIT coaching institute.
The police have taken the couple in custody and the bodies have been sent for post-mortem.
The sisters bled to death from head injuries and were found in a pool of blood. The police said that the couple are suspected to have murdered their daughters on Sunday afternoon.
The sisters have been identified as Alekhya, who was 27-years-old and Sai Divya, who was 23. Alekhya, a postgraduate, used to work at Bhopal's Indian Institute of Forest Management and had recently resigned to prepare for civil services exam. The younger daughter Sai Divya was a BBA graduate and was pursuing music at A R Rahman Music School.
The police informed that they were looking at CCTV camera in the area to track the movement of people in and out of the house.
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