Pradeep Pattanayak

Police on Saturday recovered three decomposed bodies from a locked house at Sunapali area under Dhanupali Police limits of Sambalpur. 

The deceased have been identified as Sazia Parwin, her eight-year-old son Abdul Rehman and six-year-old daughter Humera Tayiba. Sazia’s husband had predeceased her two years ago. 

According to the police, the neighbours noticed the house closed for the last three days. Today morning, the local residents observed a foul smell emanating from the house. They immediately passed the information to the police. On being informed, a team from Dhanupali Police Station reached the spot and broke open the door in the presence of the magistrate and family members. 

While it is yet to be ascertained whether it is a case of suicide or murder, the police, from the circumstances, suspected it to be a case of murder. A man who was visiting the woman’s house frequently has gone missing. Suspecting his involvement in the case, the police have launched a manhunt. 

“We were not able to contact them for the last four days as their phones were switched off. We thought they might have fallen sick. When we reached here we found them dead,” said the mother of the deceased, who came all way from Chakradharpur in Jharkhand.  

The cops believe the post-mortem reports would help them solve the case. The bodies will be sent for autopsy tomorrow, the police said. 

“In the presence of their family members who came from Chakradharpur and the magistrate, we broke open the door and found the bodies. We suspect it to be a murder case. On receiving a complaint, we have registered a case and launched a probe,” informed SDPO of Sambalpur Sadar, Pradeep Sahu.

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