Hyderabad: Three children were kidnapped and murdered by their relative in Andhra Pradesh, police said.
The charred bodies of three girls aged between four and nine years were found Thursday morning on the outskirts of Nizamabad town, about 175 km from here.
The girls were kidnapped Wednesday night allegedly by their relative during a marriage ceremony in the town. Even as the police teams were searching for the missing girls, their bodies were found near an engineering college.
The girls identified as Sree (9), Akshya (6) and Khushi (4) were all relatives and had come to the town with their parents from Dupalli village in the same district for the marriage.
According to family members, the man kidnapped the girls by luring them with chocolates. He later telephoned one of the family members to say that while all the relatives were getting married, he was yet to settle down. He was reportedly in deep depression and had even threatened to commit suicide.
Police launched a manhunt for the accused.