Rayagada: Gunupur police has arrested nine persons including three women and the prime accused in connection with the murder of three persons in Ukambaguda village in Gunupur in Rayagada district on February 23 night.
Gopal Sabar, his wife Lakhmi Sabar and an elderly woman Jankini Sabar of the same village were beaten to death by a group of people in the village on February 23. The trio was allegedly beaten to death over suspicion of practicing sorcery.
After committing the crime the miscreants took away the bodies with them and burnt the bodies in the village crematorium and dumped the ashes and bones in the village pond in a bid to destroy the evidence.
Based on a complaint filed by the daughter of the deceased couple, Sabita Sabar, a case was registered at the Gunuipur police station, following which the arrests were made on Thursday. They all were forwarded to court.