Four schoolboys who had gone missing from Sundrateki village in Bahubal upazila on Friday were found buried at the village on Wednesday morning.Informed by locals, police recovered the bodies of Zakaria Ahmed Shuvo, 8, son of Wahid Miah, his two cousins –Tajel Miah, 10, son of Abdul Aziz, Monir Miah, 7, son of Abdal Miah — and Ismail Hossain, 10, son of Abdul Quadir, from under the ground around 11:30 am, said officer-in-charge of Bahubal Police Station Mosharraf Hossain.
Earlier, Shuvo, Tajel, Monir and Ismail went missing while playing in a field at the village on Friday afternoon.
On Tuesday, Shuvo’s father Wahid Miah filed a general diary with Bahubal Police Station in this connection.
On Wednesday morning, some sand workers first saw a leg and a hand peeping from beneath the earth near Ichharbill spring at the village.
On information, police rushed in, recovered the bodies and sent those to sadar hospital morgue for autopsy.
Later, the bodies were handed over to the family members following the postmortem.
Resident medical officer at the hospital Dr Devashish Das who conducted the autopsy said all the four children were strangulated to death.
Meanwhile, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Sylhet Range Mizanur Rahman visited the spot in the afternoon and announced a bounty of Tk one lakh for information that may lead to the arrest of culprits involved in the killings.
In another development, police arrested two people for their suspected link to the gruesome murders.
The arrested suspects are Abdul Ali and his son Jewel Miah of the Sundrateki village, said assistant police super (Circle) Masudur Rahman Monir.