Three minor girls who were sisters were found murdered at a village in Katoria of Bihar’s Banka district, 240km southeast of the capital Patna on Tuesday morning.

The girls, aged between 10 and 14 years, were killed with sharp edged weapons, the police said. Police also suspect the girls were raped before being murdered.

“The girls were alone at home at the time of the incident as their father worked as a labourer in West Bengal and mother had gone to a village near Jasidih in neighbouring Jharkhand state,” Banka superintendent of police (SP) Chandan Kumar Kushwaha.

The incident came to light when the mother of the victims returned home Tuesday morning and found the house locked from outside, the SP said. The neighbours subsequently broke open the lock and found the bodies, Kushwaha said.

The woman later named a few persons whom she suspected of committing the murders, the police officer said. “Police have detained two suspects for interrogation,” he added.

Kushwaha said an axe and another sharp-edged weapon suspected to have been used in the murders and blood stained clothes of the victims had been recovered from the crime scene. The bodies of the victims had cut marks on their throats, besides wounds on foreheads, the SP said, adding that services of forensic experts and dog squad had been requisitioned to help the police in investigation.

Kushwaha did not rule out rape. “But only the post-mortem report would confirm if the victims were sexually assaulted,” he said.

Another police officer said the victims’ belonged to a poor family. As no household belonging was found missing from the house, it was suspected that murders could be related to rape, he added.
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