Police arrested three persons, including Narendra, a Registered Medical Practitioner from Tenali, for allegedly attempting to sacrifice two children in their purported quest for hidden treasure on a hillock at Yerrabalem here on Sunday night.

According to the police, Narendra and his associates, after getting some rituals performed had conspired to perform human sacrifice for which they picked up the children and detained them in a house at Guntur last week. The children were brought back on Friday night.

When they were being taken to the hilltop on Sunday, local youths who smelt a rat, confronted the accused and alerted the police.

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