Skull, backbone of missing Santal boy found
Police recovered the skull and backbone of a six-year-old Santal boy in Charghat upazila of Rajshahi on Thursday, nine days after he and his stepfather went missing.
The boy's mother Arati Rani Paharia identified her son, Deb Kumar Paharia, by the clothes he wore, said Officer-in-Charge of Charghat Police Station Nibaran Chandra Burman.
Deb's body parts were found near a mango tree in the upazila's Nondongachhi Poravita area while his clothes hanging from the tree, added the OC. "Wild animals might have eaten up other parts after the boy was murdered and dumped in the area," Burman suspected.
Two years ago, Arati left her husband Shambhunath Paharia. Taking Deb with her, she later married one Anil Kumar Paharia of the area. Deb went missing on December 7 when Anil took him out of their home to buy him clothes following an altercation with his wife Arati over family affairs, the OC quoted the victim's family as saying.
Since then, Anil has been missing too while his relatives said he might have gone to India.