ISBT site throws up ‘British era’ skeletons, CM for carbon dating

One theory about the skeletons is that the remains belong to the Rohilla chieftains from Bareilly who fought against the British in 1857 and were killed by the British army.

dehradun Updated: May 10, 2017 20:34 IST
Abhinav Madhwal
Abhinav Madhwal
Hindustan Times
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Skeletons at discovered at Haldwani on Wednesday. (Mohammad Khalid Khan/HT)

Grave-like structures and skeletons were discovered by construction workers in Haldwani’s Golapar area. The discovery, on Tuesday, has led to speculation about the origin of the dozens of skeletons. Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, who was in Halwani on Wednesday, said that the skeletons will be analyzed and undergo radio carbon dating to ascertain their origin.

One theory is that the remains belong to the Rohilla chieftains from Bareilly who fought against the British in 1857 and were killed by the British army. Another theory says that the remains could be of those who died of epidemics, malaria or famine.

The area, where the discovery was made, lies adjacent to the Haldwani International Cricket stadium and has been marked for the construction of Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT). The area was earlier covered with forests and construction work led to the removal of bushes which revealed the stone graves and skeletons.

The area is close to Banbhoolpura, which is Muslim dominated, and on the banks of the Gola river. The locals have, however, denied that the place was ever used as a graveyard by them, leading to speculation that the skeletons could be much older.

Transport minister Yashpal Arya, who belongs to Haldwani, said that will order an enquiry to ascertain the origin of the graves and skeletons. “I have been apprised by the officials. Local historians say that it could be the remains of those who fought the first war of Indian Independence in 1857 or the remains of persons who may have died of epidemics such as plagues, malaria or famine.”

Arya added that the matter would only be clear after a scientific study.

First Published: May 10, 2017 20:34 IST