Malkangiri: Six persons, including a village head, were captured on Wednesday for their charged inclusion in the homicide of a love bird in Dhakadapalli area under Maneru panchayat in this region.
Police sources said a few others included in the murder are everywhere and a manhunt has been dispatched to nab the absconders.
Notably , dead body of the Koya tribal love birds were found from Saberi river at Dermapal in neighboring Chhattisgarh.
Sources said since there cannot be marriage in the same caste in the Koya community, the lover duo had fled the village and gone to Andhra Pradesh. When the incident came to light, the village panchayat put pressure on the families of the boy and the girl to call them back to the village.
After being called by their family members, the lover duo had arrived at the village on November 18 with the hope that the panchayat would resolve their case.
But to their horror, the villagers hacked the duo to death and severely thrashed the family members. Later, they tied the hands and legs of the boy and girl and threw the bodies in Saberi river, the sources added.