Thane, Jul 26 (PTI) Threepersons, including a 'tantrik', were arrested for allegedly beating to death an elderly woman and her son under the pretext of driving away evil spirits in Maharashtra's Thane district, police said on Sunday.
The incident took place at Atade village in Kalyan township here on Saturday when the victims, a 76-year-old woman and her son aged 50, were allegedly beaten up severely by the 'tantrik' (occult practitioner) following which the duo collapsed and died, a police official said.
The tantrik and two relatives of the victims were later arrested. A case was registered against them under IPC Sections 302 (murder) and 34 (common intention), and the Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and other Inhuman, Evil and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Act, he said.
The police have also detained the deceased man's 17- year-old son in connection with the incident, he added. PTI COR GK GK