Odishatv Bureau

Jagatsinghpur: Mystery shrouds the death of a minor girl whose body was recovered by police from a cashew forest near Gadaharishpur village under Erasama block of Jagatsinghpur district on Wednesday.

As per sources, the minor had gone to the forest late last night to attend nature's call when she was allegedly dragged by a miscreant into the bushes.

The family of the girl further alleged that she was raped and later murdered before being thrown in the cashew forest.

Family members early in the morning searched for the girl and found her body in the cashew forest. Getting information, police rushed to spot and initiated an investigation into the incident.

Erasma IIC Bichitrananda Sethi said," It is suspected that the girl has been murdered. The accused will be arrested soon. As per preliminary investigations, we found that the girl was out in the forest at around 2 pm late last night. She might have been raped and murdered. Further investigation is on."

Meanwhile, the girl’s body has been sent for post mortem, sources said.