“I’m not an fool,” 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 grotesque ritual murders. His two daughters had been lifeless, struck with a dumbbell and a trident, blood in all places.
That 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 may you not have waited half an hour? Should you had saved 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 mother and father 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 demise and known as his pal, who alerted the police.
However 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 take a look at in jail in Chittoor.
“I’m telling you coronavirus will go away by March. No want for vaccines.” As her husband tried to purpose together with her, she snapped: “Proper now, you aren’t my husband. I’m Shiva.”
How a well-educated, prosperous household got here to that is one thing the police are attempting 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 school lecturer. His spouse, a gold medalist in math, ran an IIT Expertise College. On Sunday night, they killed their daughters apparently with the robust perception they might each come again to life.
Padmaja informed 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”.
Latest social media posts of the daughters, particularly of their closing week, urged they had been in an identical frame of mind as their mother and father.
“The complete household was extraordinarily superstitious. Even the women appear to have been satisfied by what their mother and father supposed to do,” senior police officer Senthil Kumar informed NDTV.
Alekhya and Sai Vidya had each shared pictures of the standard household holidays, however their current posts indicated they had been in a special psychological zone.
“Shiva will come,” mentioned one such submit.
A video accessed by NDTV exhibits what the mother and father 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 informed NDTV.
The couple have claimed they’d witnessed the supernatural prior 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 submit graduate administration diploma from the Institute of Forest Administration at Bhopal. She had labored as a challenge supervisor for six months and had returned dwelling to organize for the civil companies examination. Her youthful sister was a enterprise administration graduate and was pursuing a profession in music at a Chennai institute.
Each got here dwelling throughout the lockdown final yr and the household had little contact with the surface world. Within the 4 days earlier than the murders, they’d let nobody close to their home.
Neighbours reportedly observed uncommon actions and had been informed it was all for a puja.