India: 98 skeletons found

May 25, 2009 12:00 am

, AGRA, May 25 – Almost 100 human skeletons found in a dried-up pond near a mortuary in northern India are believed to be unclaimed bodies that were improperly discarded, officials said  on Monday.

Locals in the city of Aligarh discovered the remains, which have been sent to nearby Agra for forensic tests.

The skeletons are most likely unidentified bodies that had been brought in for postmortem examinations after accidents, said Aligarh’s additional district magistrate Shailendra Singh.

"The pond is close to the mortuary and those assigned the task of taking away the bodies for last rites disposed them of in the pond nearby," he said.

"In all about 98 such human skeletons are being traced."

Authorities have ordered an inquiry into the discovery.

Residents fear more bones will be found, and a decision has yet to be made on whether to continue digging in the area.

Many police departments in India do not have the resources to properly dispose of unclaimed bodies.


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