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Cooch Behar: A young father and his two minor sons have been found dead in mysterious circumstances at Tufanganj in Cooch Behar district.

The father, Dhaniram Mondal (32) was found hanging from a tree not very far from his house. His sons, Deba (8) and Seba (7), were found dead in a nearby pond. The incident has taken place at Tufanganj’s Khasbas village.

The deceased man was a carpenter. On returning from work, he and his sons used to go to the house of a neighbour to watch television almost every evening.

Last night too they did the same. But as they did not return home until late in the night, the family members and the neighbours began looking for them in the neighbourhood.

The search ended in a nearby spot where Mondal was found hanging from a tree beside a pond. There was no trace of his two sons but their slippers were found on the bank of the pond.

This made the neighbours launch a search operation in the pond at dawn today 11 July and the two minor boys were subsequently fished out dead.

The neighbours suspect that the young father might him killed his sons and then hanged himself. However, the motive behind such a drastic step is not clear yet.

Tufanganj police station has registered an FIR for unnatural deaths and has sent the dead bodies for post-mortem.