Updated: June 13, 2021 6:20:03 pm
Two minor girls — 14 and 16 years of age — were found dead, hanging from a tree in Assam’s Kokrajhar district on Friday, the police said on Sunday.
While the post-mortem result is awaited, the family of the girls, who were aunt and niece, alleged the duo was murdered.
Thube Prateek Vijay Kumar, SP of Kokrajhar, told The Indian Express, “Prima facie it appears to be a case of suicide but we are investigating all aspects. If it was a suicide, we will find the cause for the same and if it was a murder, we will nab the perpetrators soon.” Five have been taken to custody for interrogation, said the police.
The girls from Abhayakhuti in Kokrajhar belonged to the Rabha ethnic community. According to locals, their family is engaged in agriculture and financially not sound.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma met the family on Sunday.
“To reassure family of 2 minor girls, whose bodies were found hanging from a tree in mysterious condition on Friday, I met them today to console & share their pain. Assam Govt stands firmly by them,” Sarma tweeted.
He added, “I have instructed @assampolice to do an expeditious investigation to unearth the cause of death. The government will take stringent action if there is any foul play. If the victims were forced to do self-harm, police shall find the reasons for the same.”
Kokrajhar district falls in the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR). Sarma was accompanied by Bodoland territorial council chief Pramod Boro and Kokrajhar East MLA Lawrence Islary.
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