Samastipur, Jun 3 (PTI) The body of a three-year-old girl was recovered today from a field in Paar village of Bihar’s Samastipur district, a police officer said. Also Read - Samastipur Assembly Constituency Result 2020 LIVE Updates: RJD's Akhtarul Islam Shahin Retains His Seat

Prima facie, it seems the girl was raped and killed last evening, Deputy Superintendent of Police Kundan Kumar said. Also Read - Delhi-Based Mushroom Farmer Buys Flight Tickets to Bring Back 20 Migrant Workers From Bihar

The toddler’s family members had approached the police yesterday after her mother claimed that a man, known to them, had taken the child away from her by force when she was tending to goats in the fields, Kumar said. Also Read - Bihar Assembly Bypoll Result 2019: LJP's Prince Raj Wins From Samastipur

A police team that immediately launched a search operation, on the basis of the complaint, found her body in the field, next to a pond, this morning, he clarified.

“We have launched a hunt to nab the accused, who is on the run. We will try and solve the case as early as possible,” the officer said, adding that the girl’s body has been sent for post-mortem to Samastipur Sadar Hospital.

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