Rayagada: Panic gripped in Ambadala village in the district after three bodies, including a girl, were found hanging from a banyan tree on Thursday evening.
According to sources, the deceased were identified as Jaga Patro (22), Alok Kumar (28) and Radhika Maguri (18) and all were residents of Ambadola village.
Villagers spotted the bodies hanging from the tree around 4 PM and informed the police who later recovered the bodies and sent for autopsy, the sources added.
“The reason behind the incident is yet to be ascertained. Investigation has been initiated and whether it is a case of suicide or there is some foul play will be established once we complete our investigation,” said SDPO (Muniguda) Ananta Mallick.
However, family members of the deceased have alleged murder.