Belonia: Tripura Police on Thursday recovered dead bodies of a boy and girl under mysterious circumstances from a pond in the Bagachatal area under the South Tripura district on Thursday.

According to PR Bari police station, the brother and sister duo went missing while grazing their cows on Wednesday.

PR Bari Police Station, officer-in-charge Arjan Chakma said Rita Dey (9) and Hridoy Dey (11), the children of Sadhan Dey, a resident of Chittagong area under Belonia Rajnagar block, left the house on Wednesday morning to graze cows but did not return home. 

“The whole family started searching in the forest in Bagachatal area, which is 2 km away from the house. Their grandfather registered a missing complaint at the PR Bari police station after searching for them,” Chakma said.

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The police officer also said that Sugriva Tripura, a resident of Siddhi Nagar, last saw them. He has been detained for further investigation.

“Tripura had scratch marks on his body. When asked about it, he provided no satisfactory answer. So, he has been detained. The bodies of the two were recovered from a pond in Bagachatal forest this morning,” Chakma said.

Upon receiving the news, the forensic team and dog squad rushed from Udaipur. The body was handed over to the family after autopsy at Nihar Nagar Primary Health Center. The officer-in-charge said that initially it is presumed that the two brothers and sisters had been killed.

The grandfather of the deceased said the two went to graze their cows every day. However, they did not return home yesterday evening. After searching, cows were rescued from the forest, but the children were not found last night.

“The news came this morning that their bodies had been recovered from the pond inside the deep forest,” the grandfather said.

Rinku Sarkar, a mother of two, broke down in tears after the bodies were recovered.

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