It was a CCTV footage from Kerala’s Pattanamthitta that supplied the primary clue to the police within the “human sacrifice” case. The footage was of Padma, one of many two victims of the horrific crime that has shocked the nation. The footage confirmed her climbing right into a white Scorpio and later crossing a avenue. The person who accompanied her was Muhammad Shafi, who, the police mentioned, was the driving drive behind the murders. The situation of Padma’s cellphone had led the police to Shafi, who had roped in therapeutic massage therapist Bhagaval Singh and his spouse Laila to assist him, promising them riches after the ritual killings.
The police mentioned the footage was from September 26, the day Padma went lacking. CCTV path from roadside cameras led them to the Singhs’ home in Pattanamthitta. On October 9, the police stumbled on CCTV footage from the home of their rapid neighbour, Jose Thomas. It confirmed the parked Scorpio and Padma strolling into the home.
Kochi police commissioner C Nagaraju advised NDTV that they have been investigating the case of Padma and “stumbled upon two murders”.
Underneath police questioning, the Singhs confessed to the homicide of Padma and Roselin, who had been lacking since June, the police mentioned.
The police discovered the chopped stays in pits round the home.
Padma, the police mentioned, was tortured with a knife and strangled. Her throat was slit and the physique hacked into 56 items and buried. Roslin too, was knifed in her personal components and killed.
Shafi had tortured and murdered Padma, the police mentioned. Laila Singh had killed Rosalin, inserting a knife in her personal components after which slitting her throat. Bhagaval Singh had chopped off her breasts. The police mentioned they’re investigating the opportunity of cannibalism.
The police are additionally investigating if Shafi is a serial killer and there have been different victims. He’s a psychopath and a pervert who delights in cruelty, the police mentioned.
In 2020, Shafi was accused of raping a 75-year-old lady, who sustained accidents just like Padma and Rosalin, however survived, the police mentioned.
Shafi and the Singhs have been accused of prison conspiracy, abduction, homicide and destruction of proof. They’ve been despatched to judicial custody for 2 weeks.