Terror gripped Dhaturi village in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr district on Saturday with the discovery of bullet-riddled bodies of three children from a tube well. The children, identified as Asma (8), Aliba (7) and Abdullah (8), had gone missing from outside their house on Friday evening, which is around 15 km from the spot their bodies were found.

The incident has sent shock waves in the area.

The children were playing outside their house on Friday evening when they suddenly went missing, said the police. The bodies have been sent for a post-mortem examination and a police investigation is underway, said the police.

Their family members, who began a search and informed the police at Bulandshahr police station, claimed that the police did not register an FIR even after a written complaint was given to them.

N Kolanchi, Bulandshahr’s Senior Superintendent of Police, said that the families of the dead children are related to each other and police suspect family enmity to be the reason behind the brutal killings. However, he also admitted to lapses in police action and ordered the suspension of Nagar Kotwali SHO and his assistant.

“We have constituted four teams to nab the prime accused Salman Malik in the case. The SHO of Nagar Kotwali and his ‘munshi’ have been suspended for the lapse. If they are found guilty, they will face a departmental probe. Our priority is to nab the culprit at the moment,” said Kolanchi.

The sensational triple murder has led to anger and tension in the area.

(With IANS inputs)