Chittoor: The Chittoor police on Tuesday arrested the couple who had murdered their two daughters as part of a gruesome superstitious ritual on Sunday in Madanapalli in Andhra Pradesh.

The police registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC in which the police named Dr V. Purushotham Naidu as A-1 and his wife Padmaja as A-2 on charges of bludgeoning their daughters Alekhya (27) and Sai Divya (22) to death.

The police said that Padmaja continued to remain in a state of trance while being arrested as she was singing and dancing throughout. When the couple were sent for medical examination, she refused to cooperate with the police and the medical and health officials at the Madanapalli government hospital.

Padmaja also refused to undergo the mandatory COVID-19 test claiming that Coronavirus couldn't harm her as it 'broke out from Lord Shiva's hair' and not from Wuhan in China.

The police said that the couple had decided to sacrifice their daughters with the belief that they would come back to life within 24 hours as they strongly believed that 'Kali Yug' would end on Sunday and on Monday, with the 'dawn of Satya Yug', their daughters would be reborn.

Madanapalli DSP A. Ravi Manoharachari said that the police had great difficulty in completing the medical examination as Padmaja was acting very strangely. With many difficulties, the medical and police teams conducted the mandatory COVID-19 test on her. The police will produce the couple before the magistrate on Tuesday evening.

While a case has been booked against the couple under Section 302 of the IPC, other sections will also be added according to the investigation. The couple were followers of some self-declared godmen and they were very religious.

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