In an apparent fallout of previous enmity, three people including two transgenders were found dead with their throat slit in a well in Tamil Nadu's Palayamkottai on Friday.
Three people have been arrested in this connection, the police said.
The police said the bodies were found packed in gunny bags when they were recovered from a well and identified them as Anushka (35), Bhavani (34) and Murugan (38).
Murugan had married both Anushka and Bhavani, they said. They had wanted to adopt a child and approached Rishikesh of Salem and had paid him Rs 5 lakh for this purpose, the police said.
However, Rishikesh, after receiving the money, gave lame excuses for not being able to get them a child and allegedly tried to cheat them.
Murugan purportedly spread defamatory messages about Rishikesh's sister on social media, the police said.
Irked by this, Rishikesh and two of his accomplices allegedly killed Murugan and the transgenders.
They had packed the bodies in gunny bags and dumped them in the well near the highway.
The bodies were discovered after some transgenders approached the police saying they could not contact Anushka and Bhavani.