Nagaraj, 11, Halesh, 10 and Basavaraj, 8 – all students of the Singatagere government school – went missing on Sunday after 5 pm. When they did not return home even after 7 pm, the villagers searched for them everywhere, but to no avail.
On Monday, they registered a missing complaint with the Honnali police. When the bodies were found on Tuesday, the police registered a complaint of unnatural death.
The villagers say it cannot be a case of drowning as there was not much water in the tank.