Police in Kerala, southern India have arrested three people for allegedly murdering two women in a suspected case of human sacrifice
The remains of the women, who were allegedly murdered months apart, were found on Tuesday.
The Police say the accused – a couple and another man – “severely tortured” the victims before killing them.
They say they have confessed to the crime and an investigation is underway.
The accused haven’t commented yet on the allegations as they are in police custody.
The gruesome case has made national headlines and shocked the people of Kerala – considered one of India’s most progressive states.
Police say the accused are Bhagaval Singh an ayurvedic “healer” his wife Laila, and Mohammed Shafi, an “occult practitioner” from Idukki district.
On Wednesday, a court in Cochin city (now Kochi) sent them to judicial custody for three weeks.
Cochin Police Commissioner CH Nagaraju said the murders took place over four months and were suspected to be part of a ritual done for “financial benefits”.
He added that the motive behind the murder was based only on a “preliminary assumption” and that they were investigating based on the confessions.