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Imphal: 8 skeletons found from abandoned school

Eight human skulls were found from an abandoned school complex during construction work on December 26 in Imphal West district in Manipur, prompting political parties and social activists to demand an explanation from the state government.

india Updated: Dec 29, 2014 11:58 IST
Sobhapati Samom

Eight human skulls were found from an abandoned school complex during construction work on December 26 in Imphal West district in Manipur, prompting political parties and social activists to demand an explanation from the state government.

The skulls were unearthed from what was once the site of Tombisana high school in the heart of Imphal.

The site was once occupied by central paramilitary during the peak of insurgent activities. At the time, there were reports of forced disappearances and extra-judicial killings in Manipur.

The site is set to be redeveloped into a women’s market complex.

Manipur People’s Party (MPP), one of the oldest political parties in India has threatened to launch an agitation if the state authority fails to give a clarification within seven days over the recovery of the skeletal remains of eight persons.

"The recovery of the skeletal remains including human skulls reminds us the olden day proverb secrets never remains as secret," opines N Sovakiran, President of opposition MPP while recalling the episode of forced disappearance cases in the Insurgency hit state.

MPP will lodge a complaint with the National Human Rights Commission and the Union Ministry of Home Affairs into the matter, he added.

Eight human skulls, bangles, finger ring and few coins of 1907 were discovered on December 25 and December 26 while labourers were pouring in earth at a construction site of the Civil Secretariat at Mantripukhuri, about 3 km north of Imphal. The soil had come from the Tombisana High School where the construction of a women’s market complex is underway.

Deputy chief minister Gaikhangam, who holds the home portfolio, said, “The matter is under investigation by the forensic experts. The government will try to do the needful.”