A Raigad village official who first spotted Sheena Bora's body parts after her alleged murder in 2012 said on Sunday he found only skeletal remains at the spot and did not see any suitcase there.
"It was all skeleton. There was no flesh. The local government doctor took it for post mortem, after which it was buried," police patil Ganesh Dhene of Hetevne village said. A police patil is directly subordinate to the local police department and the taluka magistrate.
Asked how he came across the skeletal remains, Dhene said: "I had gone to collect mangoes. The body was not in a suitcase. The surrounding area was burnt."
A team of police, forensic experts and villagers had on Friday exhumed skeletal remains after Dhene identified the spot where Sheena's body was allegedly dumped in the forest three years back.
The team of police officials and forensic experts from Mumbai had reached Gagode Budruk village in Pen teshil of Raigad and the digging started around 6am on Friday. Around noon, having dug just a couple of feet into the ground, the team sighted a portion of the skeleton sticking out.
As per the Bombay Village Police Act, in case a crime is committed in the limits of a village, a police patil reports it to the police station and renders necessary help to the police officer to detect the offender.