A man, who practiced black magic, was arrested not for sorcery but for using a dead body at his home in Perambalur, Tamil Nadu to teach the dark arts. Karthikeyan, a known black magic offender, had sourced the body from two men in Chennai by paying them Rs 20,000.
Rajaraghavan alias Karthikeyan, 33, was constantly accused by his neighbours of practicing black magic, but this time they called in the police after a foul odour emanated from his house.
When cops searched Karthikeyan's house, they were shocked to find a woman's dead body, which was partially decayed, inside a coffin. The body was covered with a cloth and traces of tantric poojas being conducted on it was visible.
When questioned, Karthikeyan said that he stayed at the house with his wife Nasima, 27, and that he had been practicing black magic for a number of clients, including politicians.
On further interrogation, Karhtikeyan revealed that he would get the dead bodies of young women from Mylapore cemetery in Chennai, and that the body currently in his possession was of Abhirami, 21, a resident of Teynampet, who committed suicide on January 18.
Vinothkumar, another accused in the case, had allegedly dug out Abhirami's body and brought it all the way from Chennai to Perambalur in Karhtikeyan's car. Karthikeyan admitted that he used the body to conduct Agori poojas and that he was planning to put an advertisement in the papers stating that he was willing to teach black magic.
Based on his statement, police arrested Vijayakumar and Manimaran, who were employed with Mylapore cemetery. A case has been filed and Karthikeyan along with his wife Nasima have been placed under judicial remand for 15 days.