Hundreds of human skulls were found at the construction site of a drain in Dharwad district of Karnataka on Sunday. Labourers constructing the drain channel along a road in Annegiri village of Navalgund taluk, around 400 km north-west of Bangalore, found the skulls.
Dharwad SP Dilip Kumar told Hindustan Times that preliminary probe does not indicate at any criminal offence.
The skulls seem to be old, but its accurate age could only be confirmed after a forensic examination, he said. The exact number of skulls was also not ascertained as most of them broke while being excavated.
The police officer said locals believe the skeletal remains might be of the victims of a bubonic plague epidemic that hit various districts of Karnataka in 1898.
Navalgund police said only skulls were found in the burial site. The absence of other skeletal remains also indicates mass killings — most of which were known to have taken place during Bijapur Adil Shah’s rule in Dharwad in the 15th century.