Eluru Nov 5 : The police arrested a serial killer, who killed 10 people by offering cyanide laced prasadam during the last 20 months.
SP Navdip Singh Grewal told media here on Tuesday that the accused Yellanki Simhadri alias Shiva did real estate business some time but incurred loss. But with a greed of earning money quickly, he started deceiving people by offering them colour stones as lucky stones and giving information about treasures. He lured many people in the process.
The modus operandi of his heinous crimes was he used to perform special poojas in their house and offer potassium cyanide laced food as prasadam. After taking the food, the deceased fell unconscious and he used decamp with valuables.
The killing spree began on February 2018 in the district and ended on October 16, 2019. He killed 10 persons by offering cyanide laced prasadam to the gullible people.
The killing spree came to light with the brutal murder of a physical instructor of government school K Naga Raju (49) on November 16, 2019 at Vatluru near here. The police initially thought that Naga Raju died of ill-health but the family members registered a case suspecting doubts on his death.
The police used technology in investigation to gain clues and evidence. The police arrested the main accused Simhadri and Sk.Hamidullah who supplied cyanide to him, the SP said. (UNI)