A father and his three-year-old son were found dead in their home in the Kaushambi district of Uttar Pradesh according to the Times of India.
The man, identified as 35-year-old Vakeel had been a tailor, and was reportedly found with his "private parts damaged" and "his intestines were spilling out of his stomach." His cause and manner of death will be determined after an autopsy is preformed.
His son, Arham was said to have been strangled to death. Vakeel's wife, 30-year-old Gulnaz was found unconscious and admitted to a hospital in Prayagraj for treatment.
"On entering the house, we spotted Vakeel and his son's body in a room and Gulnaz lying unconscious in another. We also spotted a pit dug up inside the house and some pieces of lemons strewn around," Deputy SP Krishna Gopal Singh said. Police also confirmed that they had possession of the knife used.
Both victims were said to have been kept without food and water for four days as a part of a ritual preformed by the victim's brother, Safdar "Babloo" Ali.
When interviewed by police, Ali is reported to have confessed that he killed his brother and nephew as a part of a ritual and indicated to police that Gulnaz was also aware of the ritual.
Ali is said to have professed a belief that he could revive people from the dead through the use of black magic. Once he realized that the ritual had failed to revive either Vakeel or Arham, he fled the house.
On Thursday, another member of Vakeel's family is said to have tried to gain entrance to the house but was eventually sent away. When she left though, she did so with Vakeel's other two children, four-year-old Wajeeh and three-month-old Mahra.