Two children died of suffocation after getting stuck in a car in Buldhana district of Maharashtra, police said Tuesday.
Another child was pulled out alive from the car but was in a serious condition, an official at Buldhana city police station said.
The three children, residing in the same locality in Gawalipura area in Buldhana, went to play out of their houses on Monday evening. But, after some time when their parents could not find them, they lodged a police complaint.
The police later launched a search and around 2 am on Tuesday, they found the three children lying unconscious in a car parked in the same area, the official said.
The children were rushed to a nearby government hospital where two of them - Azim Shaikh (3) and Adil Sheikh Jamil (5) - were declared dead, he said.
The third one, a five-year-old girl, was found alive and was admitted to the same hospital where her condition was reported to be serious, he said.
The police suspect that the children apparently saw the car with its doors open and climbed in.
They probably closed the doors, but could not open them again and got suffocated, the official said.
The bodies were sent for postmortem, he said, adding that a case was registered.