A woman was allegedly beaten to death in Nashik after her two sons consented to have her 'sacrificed' to bring them good luck.
Over the last two days, Ghoti police has arrested ten people, including the two brothers, for the murder of Budhabai Dore (65), resident of Mokhada in Thane district.
The murder took place at Take-Harsh in tribal-dominated Trimbakeshwar tehsil of Nashik district sometime around Diwali, assistant police inspector Suresh Manore of Ghoti police in the Nashik district said on Tuesday.
The brothers -- Kashinath and Govind Dore -- were not happy with their circumstances and consulted Bachchi-bai Narayan Khadke (42), a woman occultist, based in Take-Harsh, on the advice of their sister Rahibai Pingle.
The occultist told the brothers that they needed to sacrifice both their mother and sister for change of luck.
The two then took both the women to Khadke who allegedly beat Budhabai to death, while Rahibai managed to escape. Khadke later removed the victim's eyes, and buried her body at a nearby spot.
The incident came to light a few days ago when Bhagwan Madhe, a local social worker, alerted the police.
Police arrested the occultist, who also confessed to have murdered another woman in a similar ritual sacrifice in the past, on Monday. Kashinath and Govind were arrested on Tuesday.
A case under the Indian Penal Code and Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and other Inhuman, Evil and Aghori Practises and Black Magic Act, 2013, has been registered.
District superintendent of police Sanjay Mohite visited Ghoti police station this evening to take stock of the probe.