The three were identified as Shivarami Reddy, 75, who manages the temple; his sister, Hanumamma, 70, and Satyalakshmi, 71. (Shutterstock representative image)
In a suspected case of human sacrifice, two women were among three people found murdered on a Shiva temple premises in Andhra Pradesh’s Anantapur district on Monday, two police officers said.
Inspector Madhusudhan said the blood of the three was spattered on a Shivalinga in the temple, which is under construction in place of an existing shrine.
The three were identified as Shivarami Reddy, 75, who manages the temple; his sister, Hanumamma, 70, and Satyalakshmi, 71.
Anantapur police superintendent B Satya Yesu Babu said the murders could have been committed in the blind belief that the murderers would find treasure by making human sacrifices. “They killed the three persons and seemed to have worshipped the god by pouring blood over the Shivalinga . We are also investigating into other angles as well,” he said.