The Burdwan district police busted a racket trading human skeletons illegally after raiding several hideouts in Kalna and Katwa subdivisions since on Sunday night. Three persons involved in the racket have been arrested and three others have been detained for interrogation. As many as 50 skulls, ribs and other parts of human carcasses have been seized from various parts of the district. The CID has taken up the case following the discovery.
The recoveries unearthed a steady route of pilferage of skeletons from different locations in Burdwan, Nadia and Murshidabad districts for a considerable time. During interrogations, the district police came to know that a section of staffs with the Calcutta Medical College & Hospital used to operate as potential receivers of the remains of human bodies robbed from the district cemeteries.
The district police was quite embarrassed after the miscreants opened up four graves and robbed four carcasses from Burdwan town itself on last 18 April. Incidentally the cemetery that was robbed is located just beside the proposed health city site under Goda mouza in the town.
The act spearheaded controversy and the Burdwan DM Manish Jain urged the police to investigate the case properly. The matter was informed to the police stations in Kalna, Katwa subdivisions.
The officials of the Katwa PS made a sudden breakthrough around 8 pm when the Kesia villagers of Katwa sub division in Burdwan raised an alarm and got hold of three members of the racket Narayan Bairgya, Ashok Das and Bhola Das who were caught with an exhumed body. The police rushed to the spot on the information of the Kesia villagers and nabbed the trio. Under pressure of the villagers and police they admitted that they have stolen the four dead bodies recently from the graveyard at Barafdanga near Kamal Sayar in Burdwan.
The Katwa police immediately informed to the matter to the Burdwan police station. Piyush Pandey, SP Burdwan then ordered a joint operation.
The Burdwan police, Katwa police and Purbashthali police jointly started interrogation to the three culprits. And they broke down and disclosed where they sale the dead bodies. They told the police that at Purbashthali there is a skeletons processing factory on the bank of Bhagirathi owned by one Mukti Biswas, kin pin of the racket.
It was 12 O’clock night yesterday when a team of large number of policemen decided to raid the riverbank factory. The police reached at the spot under the guidance of three culprits and was astonished finding a running enterprise with a huge number dumped human bone, skulls and some rotten dead bodies. And they raided two factories Jogesheshpur ghat and Rajguru ghat.
The site was Rajurughat near Patuli under Purbashthali police station. The policemen seized 22 human skulls and huge numbers of bones. They were ready for delivery to different customers through out the country. The police also nabbed Mukti Pada Das, the kin pin and two other Tarun Biswas and Samaresh Choudhury. “In the factory we found that the boiled were boiled to remove the flesh. There are several iron tool scattered around which are used to dragged and handle the dead bodies. There were ‘bamboo machan’ installed for drying the dead bodies. The soil adjacent to the factory was ploughed where dead bodies are dug under for rotting.
The entire area was foul smelling, as it smells in a leather factory. Such that it was mostly abandoned by common people and it is not very easy to reach there. The river is the main source of connection by boat,” a senior police officer said.
Tarun Biswas, an accused told Hindustan Times that he is involved in this business for last 25 years. He further told that Mukti is the owner of the possessing factory and leader of the racket. “Mukti used to process the bones with chemical and caustic soda to clean and finished the product they are packet in plastic bags neatly and are carried away to the destination by boat,” they said.
Tarun also told that the main customer is Mehelal Mallick , a Group D employee of the Kolkata Medical College. He also revealed that Mehelal gave them a permit issued by Kolkata Medical College authority. “We have our links along with banks of the Bhagirathi from Baharampur to Chakdah. We have many other processing houses in different ghats. This is our main profession for last many decades and nobody has objected before” he further told.
Last year at Belerhat, Purbasthali the police had seized more than 20 human skulls after raiding an abandoned house. The police had information that Mukti Biswas was the principal operator at Belerhat. He had fled the area and was operating from the Station Bazar area since then. Pandey, SP said: “We are further investigating the case and seek assistance by the adjacent districts.”