Kolkata: The 14 plastic bags were recovered from a vacant land in the southern part of Kolkata contained only medical waste and not bodies of newborns or foetuses as stated earlier, police said on Sunday.
Initially, police officials said they were verifying whether the bags were recovered from the Haridebpur area contained bodies of newborns or foetuses. Later at a press conference, DC South West Division Nilanjan Biswas said it appeared the bags contained foetuses. ANI had earlier quoted him saying, “Condition of skeletons can be determined only after postmortem. We’re also checking the CCTV footage in the area.”In what came as a shocker to the residents of Kolkata’s Haridevpur locality, bags allegedly containing remains of newborns were recovered from an abandoned compound at Raja Rammohan Roy Sarani on Sunday afternoon. However, the police suspected an abortion racket.
Mayor Sovan Chatterjee, who had rushed to the spot along with Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, had reportedly said that the skeletons were soaked in some kind of chemical to prevent foul smell.
“A thorough search of the entire areas, including nearby water-bodies, will be conducted to see if there are more bodies,” said the Mayor. “The police are keeping a strict vigil on the spot. The entire ground needs to be cleaned to ascertain the exact number of bodies that have been dumped here,” he added.
Within an hour of his earlier comment, Biswas took a U-turn saying after examination at a hospital it was found that the bags contained medical waste and there was “no sign of any human foetus”. Another official said that the plastic bags actually contained medical waste.
Earlier on Sunday, workers on a cleaning drive conducted by Kolkata Municipal Corporation had come across a plastic bag believed to have been containing remains of one of the newborns. A thorough search conducted by the police revealed more plastic bags.