The suspects attacked Siliveru Mallaiah with sharp weapons while he was grazing buffaloes in the fields and killed him on the spot, the police said.
An elderly couple were attacked by their neighbours over suspicions of black magic in Madhira town of Khammam district.
A 25-year-old crossdresser was brutally killed on suspicion of performing black magic at Bollepally village in Tadvai mandal, late on Thursday night.
According to the Dalabehera family, recently, a minor boy died in the village and a group of villagers suspected the duo of causing his death by black magic.
Unable to bear the torment any longer, the victims approached Guduru police and filed a complaint through a email.
The bench said there is no reason why a person above 18 can't be allowed to choose his religion.
The plea filed by advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay has also sought directions to ascertain the feasibility of appointing a committee to enact a Conversion of Religion Act to check the abuse of religion
Controversy sparked off when video of the incident went viral and a complaint was lodged at Baliapal police station on November 28, 2020 by social activist Anuj Mohapatra and four others.
The deceased are the grandchildren of former MLA Hampaiah Nayak, who was elected twice from Manvi constituency.
They allegedly pressuring a girl saying that they would perform special rituals for her, which would trigger "rain" of Rs 50 crore cash, police said.
The villagers believed that the elder couple of the family was practising black magic due to which people were frequently falling ill and dying.
While Dipali's kin insisted that she be taken to a hospital, her husband and his relatives claimed she was under a spell and needed to be exorcised by a godman.
At Marakatti GP limits in Bailhongal taluk, recently a candidate was shocked to find black magic performed in front of his house.
The incident occurred on Monday evening when he had gone to visit his relative in Malayala mandal, they said.
A six-year-old girl was killed on Diwali night in Uttar Pradesh's Ghatampur, allegedly by those practising 'black magic'.