The Kerala police Monday solved the murder of four members of a family in Idukki, arrested one person directly involved in the killings, and attributed the crime to professional rivalry between two practitioners of sorcery and occult, one of whom, the victim, had trained the main accused.
The bodies of Kanat Krishnan, his wife Susheela, and children Arsha K and Arjun K were found stacked on top of each other in a newly-dug trench on the premises of their house on August 1.
Idukki’s superintendent of police KB Venugopal said the murders were committed by Aneesh, a former helper of Krishnan, with the help of his aide Libeesh. Libeesh, a motor mechanic from Thodupuzha, has been arrested.
A tale of revenge, murders and black magic
Kerala police on Monday said it has solved the murder of four members of a family in Idukki with the arrest of a man. The police attributed the crime to professional rivalry between two practitioners of sorcery, one of whom had trained the other
Kanat Krishnan practised sorcery and black magic. Aneesh was his helper.
After learning enough from his mentor, Aneesh decided to practise independently.
Aneesh couldn’t succeed and suspected that Krishnan had worked a spell on him, owned magic manuscripts. He hatches a conspiracy.
On July 29, Aneesh and his aide Libeesh Preach Krishnan’s house and attack his goats in a bid to draw him out.
Krishnan comes out of the house and the duo attacks him with rods. Krishnan’s wife Susheela follows him and is attacked too.
The accused enter the house and attack Krishnan’s daughter Arsha K and son Arjun K. They lock the bodies in a room and leave.
The duo returns to Krishnan’s house on July 30 to search for secret magic manuscripts. They find gold, Rs 3,500 but no manuscripts.
They find that Krishnan and his son are alive. They attack them with a shovel and kill them.
They dig a pit near the house and bury all four bodies one over the other.
Police arrest Libeesh on Monday and say they will be able to find out if more persons were involved in the crime only after apprehending Aneesh.
Illustration: MOHIT SUNEJA
First Published: Aug 07, 2018 14:39 IST