Five children were killed since December in a suspected case of child sacrifice in a village in Hingoli district and police have now arrested four persons including three women to unravel the mystery.
The boys, aged between 4-12, belong to a family in Digras village in Maharashtra and were killed between December 2009-March 2010, police said.
The killings came to light recently following which police registered a case of murder against six suspects and arrested four persons yesterday after conducting searches at their residence, police inspector M A Rauf told PTI.
Police also recovered several materials like ash, black threads, unknown poisonous substances and some herbs during the search, he said.
The four accused identified as Parshuram Dalvi, Kalvati Kundlik Mokle, husband Kundlik Mokle, Aasha J Dalvi, Vandana Mokle and spouse Vithal Mokle have now been remanded to police custody till March 22.
The accused landed in police net after Vandana allegedly tried to sacrifice one more child--Rishikesh Dalvi-- early this month, at the behest of a local self-styled godman, who is still absconding, Rauf said.
Vandana, who is childless, was also preparing to sacrifice 11 kids under the ritualistic killing to fulfil her wish for a child, sources said.