Pune: Two students of an engineering college were found dead at a forest area in Lonavla hill station of the district, police said today.

The deceased, a 22-year-old boy and a girl aged 21, were allegedly stripped and hit on the back of their heads with a blunt object. There were injuries on their other body parts also, they said.

Shruti Sanjay Dumbre and Sarthak Waghchore

Shruti Sanjay Dumbre and Sarthak Waghchore

The girl’s hands were tied at the back and she was gagged, an officer at Lonavla city police station said.

“A local resident, who spotted the bodies yesterday in the forest area located near INS Shivaji Naval station here, alerted the police,” he said.

The police rushed to the spot and sent the bodies for postmortem, he said.

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“Both the deceased were students of a third year engineering course at a college in Lonavla. They were identified, on the basis of their college identity cards, as Sarthak Waghchore (24), hailing from Rahuri, Ahmednagar district, and his girlfriend, Shruti Sanjay Dumbre (22), of Otur in Junnar taluk, Pune district.

The girl used to stay in the college hostel, while the boy lived at a private accommodation in Lonavla, which is located about 100 km from the Pune district headquarters.

Both of them were friends and had gone out together on Sunday, the police officer said.

A murder case has been registered, he said.  Police sources said two persons have been detained in the case.

“We are investigating the case from all angles and waiting for the postmortem report,” the officer said.

A probe is on into the case, he said adding that the police would talk to the family members of both the deceased.