A teenaged boy was allegedly sacrificed by treasure hunters at Nirmal's dilapidated Shamgarh fort evoking revulsion from all segments of people.
The body of the 14-year-old Poosapatri Ganesh, student of Class IX, was exhumed at the instance of Rathod Raju, the main accused who has reportedly confessed to the crime.
He allegedly throttled the victim and smashed his head with a stone and later buried the body on the fort premises on January 24 night.
Circle Inspector of Nirmal, Mahesh Babu, said the victim's father, Poosapatri Narsaiah, a tailor by profession, had settled at Shastrinagar some three years ago. Raju, who hails from Lokeswaram mandal, worked as a waiter in a hotel close to Narsaiah's residence.
The accused, a treasure trove hunter, befriended Ganesh by offering him food and rides on his motorcycle. He apparently had the motive of sacrificing the boy as he was told that it would improve his prospects of hitting upon a big trove of treasure.
Ganesh was last seen on a motorcycle with Raju some four days back.
After a complaint was lodged by the parents of Ganesh on January 25, the police questioned Raju and arrested him.
The police are now on the lookout for three others who reportedly advised Raju that a human sacrifice on ‘amavasya' (new moon day) would help him in finding treasure.
Nirmal Deputy Superintendent of Police, Sheshu Kumar, oversaw exhumation of the body.
Meanwhile, activists of different political parties staged a rasta roko at Mancherial chowrasta protesting the gruesome incident and demanding a thorough inquiry.
Class IX student's head was smashed with a stone at Nirmal