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Bolpur: A woman has been found dead in semi-nude state at Ballavpur forest off Santiniketan.

The spot is located about 2-km from Khoyai Shoniberar Haat and is adjacent to Amar Kuthir Eco Tourism Park.

Some people living in nearby villages noticed the dead body in an abandoned house inside Ballavpur forest. The middle-aged woman was lying dead in semi-nude state but there are no visible injury marks on the body.

Given the state in which the body was lying, villagers suspect that the woman may have been raped and then murdered by strangulation in this desolate place.

On being alerted by the villagers, a police team from Bolpur came and sent the body for post-mortem to Suri District Hospital.

Police said that the identity of the woman could not be established yet and whether she had been raped and murdered can be ascertained only getting the post-mortem report.