Skeletons in Uttar Pradesh police cupboard, probe starts

By: | Published: January 31, 2015 4:02 PM

A day after around 100 skeletons literally tumbled out of Uttar Pradesh police cupboard...

A day after around 100 skeletons literally tumbled out of Uttar Pradesh police cupboard, a committee, including experts, today began probe into the sensational recovery amid the administration’s acceptance of a lapse.

DIG (Lucknow range) R K Chaturvedi, District Magistrate Unnao Soumya Agarwal and Chief Medical Officer of the district Geeta Yadav inspected the spot during which 47 sacks carrying human bones and 74 jars containing viscera were found from a room in the police lines complex.

Chaturvedi told reporters in Lucknow that the six-member team comprising a sub-divisional magistrate, a magistrate, DySP, doctor, forensic expert and incharge of post mortem room has started a probe.

Three former employees informed that autopsy was done in that room till 1993 and viscera was being preserved till 2008, he said.

Of the 74 jars in which viscera was preserved, labelling was done on 58. The oldest one was of 1980 and the latest was labelled in 2007. All the 47 sacks stuffed with human bones were labelled, he said.

“Records of all the remains between 1979 and 2008 are available. Based on the labelling, it will be assessed if the bones and viscera are connected to some crime and why they were not disposed of till now,” he said.

Chaturvedi admitted there was lapse at some point.

“There was some lapse. In 2009 such remains were found outside post mortem houses at four or five places, including Etah and Aligarh. After that, a policy was formulated,” he said.

The DIG said the policy was followed in some districts in cases after 2010.

The recovery of around 100 skeletons from the police lines’ room sent the Uttar Pradesh police into tizzy as the matter came to light barely a fortnight after as many bodies were found from the river Ganges here.

DGP A K Gupta has asked Chaturvedi to probe the matter on specific points and get back to him at the earliest.

IG (Law and Order) A Satish Ganesh said that according to local authorities, the room was used for conducting postmortem examination before 2008 and there was a register in which the record of bodies was maintained.

A verification of records has been ordered to solve the mystery, he said.

The matter came to light when some painters were working inside the Reserve Police Lines premises, when they curiously peeped into the room through an open window and saw human remains piled up in huge number. They immediately alerted the police, who rushed there.

No one initially dared to enter the room that emanated unbearable stench. It was only with the help of some class IV civic employees arranged by the Unnao police that investigators entered the room and the remains were taken away to the district hospital mortuary.

The room was meant for storing viscera samples and other human remains like unidentified mutilated bodies which were sent for postmortem and had to be preserved for further action on the basis of court orders, an official said.

Forensic expert Ashutosh, who rushed in here from Lucknow, said nothing could be commented before the test was complete. Proper probe and DNA testing have to be done to corroborate the facts, he said.

Shocking visuals of the skeletons went viral in the media as the matter came to the fore hardly within a fortnight of recovery of 104 bodies near Pariyar ghat in Safipur in the district.

Meanwhile, the matter quickly acquired a political hue with opposition parties suspecting a foul play and blaming the Samajwadi Party government.

BJP spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said, “First bodies were recovered from the Ganges and now skeletons have been found in police lines. The state government is clueless and insensitive.”

Congress MLA Akhilesh Pratap Singh asked the Akhilesh Yadav government to clarify as to how such a thing happened.

“It should ensure that such incidents do not recur,” he added.

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