Believing in rebirth theory, ‘superstitious’ educated couple murdered two daughters

Educated couple allegedly murdered their two young daughters to death with a blunt weapon, suspected to be a dumbbell, at their house in Shiva Nagar on the outskirts of Madanapalle yesterday.

The mother Padmaja is a teacher at a private school while the father Purushottam Naidu is the principal of a women’s degree college in the town. Their elder daughter Alekhya (27) completed her Master’s degree in Bhopal, and  younger one Sai Divya (22) did her BBA. Divya, who was a student of AR Rahman Music School in Mumbai, had returned home after the Covid-induced lockdown.

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On hearing weird and loud noises from the house, locals alerted the police. Initially, the couple resisted the police from entering the house.

When the police entered the house, one of the girls was found  lying dead in the puja room, and the other was lying in another room covered with red colour cloth and some puja material around her body.

“During our preliminary investigation, the couple seemed to be highly superstitious as they asked us to keep the bodies in the house for a day stating that their daughters would come back to life,’’ the DSP said.

Police shifted the bodies to hospital for postmortem. The couple were taken into custody for questioning. A case was registered.

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