PATNA The body of Karan Kumar (11), who along with four other friends had been missing from village Khursheda in Muzaffarpur district since Monday, was recovered from a water body at Bhatinda Chaur outside the village on Wednesday morning.
The bodies of Raj Kumar (14), Uday Kumar (15), Vicky Kumar (15), and Amit Kumar (7) had already been recovered from the same water body on Tuesday night. All the five had visited a fair about three kilometres from Khursheda on Monday afternoon and went missing.
On Tuesday, two bodies were spotted floating in the water body by the villagers, who suspected that all the five had been murdered.
Muzaffarpur SSP Vivek Kumar said no foul play was suspected in the preliminary police investigation. “the clothes of all the five children were recovered from the bank of the water body. No bloodstains were found on the clothes or in the surrounding area,” he said and added that the exact cause of death would become clear only after receiving the post mortem report.
He said a medical board conducted the post mortem in the presence of a magistrate and the entire process was video recorded. He, along with DM Dharmendra Kumar, had visited the spot on Tuesday night, he said.
The SSP said the villagers told the police that earlier paddy was grown in the area where from the children’s bodies were recovered. The area was dug deep for excavating soil for laying railway track to connect Vaishali, Sahebganj and Sugauli.
“The villagers told the police that the railway contractor had purchased the surrounding land for excavating soil, but instead of permitted to excavate seven feet, his workers dug up to 15 feet of soil, which created a water body in the area,” the SSP said, adding that the children were perhaps unaware of the depth of the water body.
The SSP also said the villagers had blocked the road connecting Muzaffarpur to Motihari in protest against the deaths. However, the blockade was cleared in the evening.