Patangi: Two students of Kaupadar ashram school in Patangi police limits of Koraput district died under mysterious circumstances on Saturday.
The deceased were identified as Kuna Khora and Subash Khora, both students of Class V of the residential school.
According to sources, the duo had gone to the nearby forest to collect kanda (wild edible tuber). As they did not return till late, the school teachers went to the forest and found them in a critical state.
The duo was rushed to Kunduli community health centre where they were declared dead.
While tension erupted in the area after the death of the students, Patangi police seized the bodies in the presence of SDPO Niranjan Behera. Their post-mortem will be conducted tonight, sources said.