A primary schoolgirl aged about 11 was found with her throat slit in her room at Baroipara village of Rajshahi's Paba upazila early yesterday.
Police recovered the body and suspected that the victim, who sat for the PSC examinations last November, was raped before being murdered.
“…We are suspecting it to be a killing after rape”, said Selim Badsha, officer-in-charge of Karnahar police station.
According to the victim's family, the child went to her grandfather's place at Baipur village of Godagari upazila after finishing her exams a few days back.
Her grandmother said the child, along with other family members, went to enjoy pala gaan on Friday night and liked the part of Behula Lakkhindor so much.
She was so enamoured with the part that she went to bed earlier on Saturday evening, asking her grandmother to wake her up when her favourite part begins, as she wanted to watch the same performance once again.
Rest of the members of the house went to watch the whole performance leaving her at home alone, the victim's grandmother added.
When she had returned home to wake her up at around 12:30am, she found her unresponsive.
“I found her lying on her bed with her hands and legs spread around and noticed a cloth was loosely tied to her neck”, she said.
When she removed the cloth from her neck, her throat was found slit, she said.
OC Selim said her family members could not provide any important information as to the murder.
“We are investigating into the matter”, he said, adding that the body was sent to Rajshahi Medical College morgue for autopsy.