The family members of a young boy and girl took out a protest rally in Hyderabad on Thursday evening after the two siblings — who had gone missing from the city’s GOR Colony area on Monday — were murdered allegedly by a man the family says lived in their neighbourhood. According to the First Information Report (FIR) registered on their parents’ complaint on Wednesday, the 11-year-old boy and his 10-year-old sister went missing on Monday after they left their house to fetch some ice. When they did not return after a while, the parents mounted a search, but to no avail.

The same night, police found the boy critically wounded near the airport after which he was taken to the Liaquat University Hospital (LUH) city branch, where police recorded his statement. The boy, who had received stabbing wounds, succumbed to his injuries the next day.

The minor girl’s body was found late on Wednesday night in Bismillah City. . Ambreen Siyal, a counsel for the family, said she “strongly assume[s] that the girl was subjected to criminal assault”. She said there was no enmity between the suspect and the victims’ family.

“The boy while naming the suspect during his statement to the police said that he [the suspect] had taken the siblings on a motorbike with the promise of buying them some goods,” said Zulquarnain Talpur, another counsel for the family.

He revealed that the suspect has now been arrested by police

“He was living in our area for the past eight to 10 years and we were completely unaware that he had such evil intentions regarding our children and that he will go to this extent,” said the grieving father, who was protesting outside the press club with his daughter’s coffin placed in front of him.