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Davanagere (Karnataka): A doctor in Karnataka has been arrested on charges of killing his wife with a high dose of injection under the influence of black magic in Davanagere district, police said on Sunday.

Shilpa, the wife of Dr Channakeshappa (45), a resident of Rameshwara village in Nyamathi taluk, suffered from low blood pressure. The doctor had given an overdose of Dexamethasone injection to her following which Shilpa became sick and died on the way to hospital. The incident occurred on February 11.

Shilpa’s parents lodged a complaint with the police, alleging foul play. Though in the initial stages the accused appeared to be innocent, preliminary investigations revealed that Channabasappa, a rich landlord, was a drunkard, visited casinos and gambling centres.

According to police, he also believed in black magic. The black magicians had advised him to give a human sacrifice to get a treasure. The accused decided to sacrifice his wife and killed her with an overdose injection, police said.

The reports by Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) confirmed that his wife died due to administration of an overdose of injection. Later, the police took the accused into custody. They have also submitted a charge sheet against him.