Four persons, including two brothers, were picked up for questioning for their alleged involvement in the sensational triple murder case at Koditikita village in the district.
A police officer said they were working on the clues gathered at the crime scene and the four teams were on the hunt for the killers.
Three bodies, sprinkled blood found in Siva temple in AP's Anantapur district, human sacrifice suspected
On Monday morning, locals found the dead bodies of the trio lying at separate locations in the temple and informed the police.
A sorcerer had told Jadav Saharia that sacrificing a three-year-old girl and dancing naked with his family during the ritual would help him lay his hand on gold beneath his family temple.
The teacher’s daughter had committed suicide a few years ago and the locals said a tantric had advised the family to offer human sacrifice.
The teacher and his son were injured in firing by the police who tried to control the situation, a police official said.
Apparently driven by superstitious beliefs, the school teacher, Jadav Saharia, and seven others, including his wife and son, stripped and set their house and a two-wheeler on fire.
The body of the woman was recovered on the stairs which lead to a Durga temple on the hills.
Blurring the lines between delusion, superstition and blind faith, it's a narrative that cuts across lines of class, religion and literacy, say experts.