Putting to rest speculations of organ trade being a motive behind the macabre serial killings of children in Noida by a psychopath duo, investigative agencies on Saturday said that the autopsy done on nearly 42 bags of human remains had found intact livers, intestines and other organs.
According to sources in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi that carried out the postmortem had ruled out an organ trade racket.
"The autopsy report is not indicating towards any organ trade racket," a CBI official told on condition of anonymity.
The official said the postmortem report had not indicated any such involvement as several torsos and internal organs were present in the plastic packets found in the ditches behind the house of prime accused businessman Moninder Singh Pandher and his servant Surendra Koli.
The Uttar Pradesh Police were exploring the organ trade theory after the Noida Civil Hospital in its autopsy report said that organ trade could be one of the motives behind the crime.
A central enquiry committee set up by the Women and Child Development Minister Renuka Chowdhury too had said in its report that the organ trade angle should be probed thoroughly.
It was on Dec 29 last year that the first skeletal remains were found from the Noida house of Pandher. In the next few days, the nation was riveted with horror as 17 skulls and several bones were discovered from the drains.
Pandher and Surendra were arrested for sexually abusing and killing at least 20 children, mainly from Nithari village that is barely 100 metres from the businessman's bungalow.
Over the last two years, 38 children have gone missing from Nithari, home to over 25,000 people, mostly migrants from West Bengal, who earn their livelihood by pulling rickshaws, working as daily-wage labourers or as domestic help in the nearby residential colonies.
The missing person complaints lodged by parents had, however, gone unheard until the remains were found.
After CBI took over the investigation from Uttar Pradesh Police, it unearthed three more skulls and around 42 bags of human remains from two drains near Pandher's house. All the human remains were send to AIIMS for postmortem.
The master-servant duo is currently in CBI custody.