Adilabad police on Tuesday arrested Md. Akhtar Hussain and Md. Shahbaz Hussain of Shantinagar locality charging them with the murder of Gundaveni Ellanna, an attender at the APTW residential school and junior college here.

The murder had taken place on the night of April 19 near the handicapped colony.

Producing the accused at a press conference, Adilabad DSP L. Satish Kumar said Akhtar had befriended the deceased about six months back.

The latter was known to locate buried treasure troves which had made the accused to befriend Ellanna.

Black magic

After failure of one of their ventures, Akhtar had stopped seeing the deceased. The accused also feared for his life as Ellanna was also known for practicing black magic.

Akhtar took the help of his nephew Shahbaz in eliminating Ellanna to pre-empt any harm to himself. The duo slit Ellanna's threat open on the fateful night as he was cycling his way to home.

Adilabad One Town CI I. Ragya Naik and SI A. Jagan Mohan were also present. The DSP said the department would recommend for rewards for the policemen who cracked the murder case.