Saturday July 12 2008 08:32 IST
CHENNAI: Tension prevailed at the Egmore Railway Station for a few hours on Friday afternoon after labourers engaged in excavation work unearthed heaps of bones and skulls near platform 9.
The labourers stopped work and notified the Railway Police Station. Railways Superintendent of Police M C Sarangan arrived at the spot with a team of officials.
Subsequently, Revenue Divisional Officer (RDO) Subburaj reached the site and gave orders to exhume the parts. The Railway police and forensic experts collected four skulls and numerous bones of different sizes from the pit.
In the presence of RDO and other officials, the labourers resumed digging but did not find any more skulls or bones.
The Inspector General, Railways, G U G Sastry, and DIG, Railways, Sivanandi, also inspected the spot. The SP told this website's newspaper, “We have collected all the bones and skulls and sent them for forensic analysis.”
He added that with the information available and the status of the skulls and bones, it appeared (subject to pending forensic report) that the deceased were buried some 15 to 20 years ago.
Though police do not suspect foul play, they have not ruled out any possibility.
Railway sources said the area where the bones and skulls were found was once used as a burial ground for unclaimed bodies of persons who died on tracks.
The bones and skulls were dug up while work was on at the site for a construction of a pillar near the platform to erect steps to connect it with the main overbridge used by pedestrians to reach different platforms.
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