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Quoting local people, Rajesh Kumar Chakraborty, officer-in-charge of Hazirhat Police Station, said Lithun and Abdullah were playing football near the bank of the river.

At one stage, their football fell into the river and the two children drowned while they were trying to pick up the ball from the river.

Noticing the incident, local people recued them and took them to a local hospital where doctors declared them dead.

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