However, the police are still clueless about the identity of the victim and her parents.Delay in the collection of clues from the crime scene also delayed the arrest of the alleged accused K Rajashekar (40) and his wife K Srilatha (35).
According to the police, Uppal PS patrol party responded to a Dial-100 call on February 1 and rushed to the residence of Kerukonda Rajashekar in Chilkanagar and found a severed head of a few months old girl child on the terrace of the house. "The results came on Tuesday, confirming that the blood stains found inside the house were matching with that on the terrace", the official said. The Bill shall put an end to enormous inhuman practices such as witchcraft, black magic or any other heinous act in the name of religion that causes harm to humans as well as animals. After midnight, he kidnapped her in his cab and headed towards Musi river near Pratapa Singaram village in the outskirts of the city.
He abducted an abandoned baby girl, around three months old, from the roadside in Boyaguda area on January 31, said Rachakonda police commissioner Mahesh M Bhagwat.
For performing the "Kshudra Puja", the couple had sent their two kids to a relative's place a day before. After the ritual, he took the severed head of the infant to the terrace and kept in the south-west corner to ensure that the moonlight and early morning sun rays fall on it, Bhagawat said.
To avoid suspicion, Rajashekar left for work as usual, and tossed the empty polythene bag at a garbage bin in Nacharam. "That is how a superstition of a person led to the murder of a child", Bhagwat said.
Rachakonda police commissioner Mahesh Bhagawat said Rajasekhar, a superstitious person, had been anxious about his wife's health for the last four years. He said that he was an ordinary cab driver, and even had a tie-up with Uber.
The police arrested Rajashekar in the early hours of February 15, following which he reportedly confessed to the crime and they also seized his auto.
The head was shifted to the state-run Gandhi Hospital for a post-mortem even as the police hunted for the body.
On February 9, a second clues team visited his single-storey house again and, after hours of search, managed to find a speck of blood on the floor of his bedroom.
During interrogation, the police said that Srilatha also confessed to have "encouraged and assisted" her husband's plan. Neighbours alerted the police, who reached the spot and commenced an investigation.
However, after being freed in the case, Narahari told reporters that he was innocent and the police only detained him as part of regular questioning. Incidentally, the dog squad that inspected Rajashekar's house on four occasions had sensed something unusual.