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‘Decades old’ human skulls, bones unearthed after landslide in Mizoram

Human skulls and bones, believed to be several decades old, were found on August 14 in western Mizoram’s Mamit district, officials said.

Mamit district Deputy Commissioner Lalrozama said that the human skulls and bones were found on August 14 evening while clearing the debris of a landslide from a road.

“After collecting all the skulls and bones, they would be sent to the state forensic laboratory in Aizawl for examination and identification. These skulls and bones seem to be of 12 or 13 adult persons while one seems to be young. But, this is a preliminary idea and we can’t share details without proper investigation,” the deputy commissioner was quoted as saying by news agency IANS.

Lalrozama, a senior IAS officer who is himself a doctor of Medicine in forensic science, said that the skulls and bones, buried under the soil, were unearthed after a landslide on August 14.

A police officer added that the skulls, bones and skeletal remains were found inside a few earthen pots and are believed to be several centuries old.

“These skulls, bones and skeletals are believed to be of centuries old Mizo chiefs, when the customary practice of burying earthen pots containing skulls and bones after the last rites was followed,” the officer said.


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