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Asifabad: Bodies of hunters exhumed


Kumram Bheem Asifabad: The bodies of two hunters, who were electrocuted when they touched an electrified fence meant for preventing cattle into a farm, were exhumed from an agriculture field on the outskirts of village number VI in Esgaon village in Kaghaznagar mandal on Thursday. It was suspected that a farmer set up the fence, causing deaths.

Kaghaznagar Rural Inspector Rajendra Prasad said that the deceased persons were Teegala Durga Raju (39) and Kannepalli Satthenna (33), both residents of Gannaram village in Kaghaznagar mandal. The victims were believed to be habitual wild animal hunters. The accused was yet to be identified.

Durga Raju and Satthenna left home reportedly for hunting on Wednesday night. Their family members grew suspicious when the two did return home by Thursday morning. They spotted their hands jetting out of a mound of earth at a farm in the afternoon. Police rushed to the spot and exhumed the bodies.

Durga Raju has a daughter and his wife is pregnant, while Satthenna is survived by a wife and two children.

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Investigating officials suspected that the two were electrocuted when they came into contact with live wire set by either some wildlife hunters or farmers. The two may have died when they contacted live wire kept by their colleagues of the victims or certain farmers who use electrified fences for preventing damage of crops by wild animals. The persons buried the bodies, fearing the consequences of their act, a police officer said.

Based on a complaint received from the kin of the victims, a case was registered. Investigations were taken up. Bodies were shifted to Sirpur (T) government hospital for autopsy.

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