Staff Reporter

KARIMNAGAR: In a bizarre incident, a family performed the funeral rites for their three children, who are alive, because of superstition. A crow had struck them while they were playing in Ramreddypalli village of Mustabad mandal on Sunday and this was considered a bad omen.

Reports said the children Anitha (10), Saikumar (8) and Shikumar (2) were playing with chicks in front of their house, when a crow trying to pick up a chick, struck against them. The parents, who were watching, immediately instructed the children to sleep like dead persons and informed their relatives that the children had drowned in a well.

Relatives from far-flung places including Hyderabad thronged the village and wailed in sorrow. Later, the parents told them the real story.