Devananda who went missing on February 27 was found dead today. According to sources, the body had swollen up.
Kollam: 7-year-old Devananda's body was found after 20 hours of search and rescue operations. The child's body was found in a river near her house.
The body of the child was found on February 28. According to sources, the body was swollen up. However, no marks were found in the child's body. Police have found a shawl at the location where the body was recovered. The child's mother identified her body.
Foul play in the death:
Natives of the village were Devananda lived and relatives of the victim have alleged foul play. One among them told media that yesterday (February 27), the investigation team searched for the body at the same spot where Devananda's body was found, but they couldn't recover anything.
Residents of the village say that it was unlikely for the girl to venture out of the house (where she was last seen alive) without the permission of her mother.
But police said that they did not find anything suspicious in the incident and added that they have sent the body for post-mortem, following which further investigation would be conducted.
Devananda is the daughter of Pradeep and Dhanya. Pradeep, who works abroad, upon hearing the missing case, rushed to his hometown and arrived this morning.
Back to missing day:
Devananda went missing on February 27, around 10 am. Her mother said that she had asked Devananda to stay at home and not venture out of the house while she had to go outside the house to wash clothes.
After washing clothes, Dhanya entered the house and realised that Devananda was not at home. She also noticed that the doors which were partially closed were opened completely. As she was unable to find Devananda, she enquired with neighbours and relatives and then approached police.
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