Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan expressed shock over reports claiming that two women were murdered in alleged human sacrifice in Pathanamthitta.
"The report has come out claiming that two women were beheaded. Only those lacking a conscience could do something like this," Pinarayi Vijayan said.
He added that such black magic and illegal practices could only be viewed as a challenge posed by a civilised society.
Two women, Kochi native Padmam and Rosly of Kalady, were found butchered and buried in Elanthoor on Tuesday. According to police, the women abducted from Ernakulam were taken to Thiruvalla and murdered. The incident came to light in a probe on a case lodged at Kadavanthra police station over a missing complaint on September 26.
The deceased women, who had earned their daily bread by selling lottery tickets on the streets, were allegedly "sacrificed" by the accused to settle their financial issues and bring prosperity in life, police said.
The two women's throats were slit, and their body parts were cut into pieces before burying it in two different locations in Thiruvalla, police said.
The arrested persons were identified as one Bhagavanth Singh, a local massage therapist, his wife Laila, both natives of Thiruvalla, and Rasheed alias Muhammad Shafi, a Perumbavoor native who was suspected to have aided them.