“I am not an idiot,” mentioned Purushottam Naidu as law enforcement officials went round his lavish three-storey dwelling in Andhra Pradesh, taking in traces of what gave the impression to be ugly ritual murders. His two daughters had been lifeless, struck with a dumbbell and a trident, blood in every single place.
They had been killed allegedly by their mom Padmaja, who was heard in a video wailing at her husband within the presence of policemen: “Why might you not have waited half an hour? If you had stored your religion, our ladies would have come alive.”
Alekhya (27) and Sai Vidya (23) allegedly bled out on the ground after an elaborate ritual that their dad and mom believed would result in their resurrection as a contented household.
Purushottam Naidu has since come out of his “trance” partially, law enforcement officials say. He could not bear to see his daughters bleed to loss of life and known as his good friend, who alerted the police.
But his spouse continues to make delusional statements.
“I’m Shiva. Coronavirus got here from my physique, not from China,” Padmaja mentioned yesterday, resisting a Covid check in jail in Chittoor.
“I’m telling you coronavirus will go away by March. No want for vaccines.” As her husband tried to cause along with her, she snapped: “Right now, you are not my husband. I am Shiva.”
How a well-educated, prosperous household got here to that is one thing the police try to piece collectively from proof in the home in Madanapalle city of Andhra Pradesh, and from mates and neighbours.
Purushottam Naidu has a PhD in Chemistry and was a authorities faculty lecturer. His spouse, a gold medalist in math, ran an IIT Talent School. On Sunday night, they killed their daughters apparently with the robust perception they might each come again to life.
Padmaja advised the police it was she who hit her daughters with a dumbbell. “If there was no evil spirit, would they’ve survived 4-5 hours?”
She went on: “Kalyuga is ending and Satyuga is starting”.
Recent social media posts of the daughters, particularly of their remaining week, instructed they had been in the same frame of mind as their dad and mom.
“The total household was extraordinarily superstitious. Even the women appear to have been satisfied by what their dad and mom meant to do,” senior police officer Senthil Kumar advised NDTV.
Alekhya and Sai Vidya had each shared pictures of the standard household holidays, however their current posts indicated they had been in a unique psychological zone.
“Shiva will come,” mentioned one such publish.
A video accessed by NDTV exhibits what the dad and mom mentioned and did in the home after the police entered and located the our bodies.
Purushottam tells officer Ravi Manohara Chari within the video: “I’m not an fool. I’m a PhD in chemistry”.
“Had the police not intervened, the couple would have killed themselves too, within the perception that every one of them would later come alive,” the district police chief advised NDTV.
The couple have claimed they’d witnessed the supernatural up to now. “My daughter had a pores and skin allergy and it disappeared with prayers,” the daddy mentioned.
Alekhya had an engineering diploma and a publish graduate administration diploma from the Institute of Forest Management at Bhopal. She had labored as a venture supervisor for six months and had returned dwelling to organize for the civil providers examination. Her youthful sister was a enterprise administration graduate and was pursuing a profession in music at a Chennai institute.
Both got here dwelling in the course of the lockdown final yr and the household had little contact with the skin world. In the 4 days earlier than the murders, they’d let nobody close to their home.
Neighbours reportedly observed uncommon actions and had been advised it was all for a puja.
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