What began as a renovation work in a house in South Delhi’s Gulmohar Park locality ended with police rushing to the site with forensic anthropologists in tow, all breaking their heads over a mystery 12 feet under.
Two human skeletons were dug up by labourers renovating a basement in A Block, Gulmohar Park, on Wednesday afternoon.
The two human skeletons, both intact, not only scared the labourers but has also got police puzzled. Soon after the discovery, police initiated an enquiry under 174 CrPC, to ascertain whether a person died under suspicious circumstances or met with an unnatural death and, if so, its apparent cause.
According to police, the labourers found the first skeleton some 12 feet underground. “On further digging, they spotted another skeleton. The labourers informed police and a team of officers was sent to the spot. The team took pictures of both skeletons and the site from where they were unearthed,” a police officer said. Police said a brick, with ‘1964’ embossed on it, was recovered from near the skeletons.
According to sources, the skeletons have been sent for a forensic examination to analyse their age and gender. A post-mortem examination will also be conducted.
“Forensic anthropological techniques will have to be used to assess and analyse the age, sex, stature and ancestry of the skeletons. It will also help us ascertain the cause and time of death. The bones will also be examined,” the officer said.
Going by the geography of the area — the Siri Fort built during the rule of Khiljis is only a few kilometres away — police suspect the skeletons may even date back to the Delhi Sultanate period. “Looking at the history of the area, the discovery is not so surprising. Though we are not ruling out any foul play and have initiated an enquiry into the matter, we suspect that the skeletons dates back to the period of the Delhi Sultanate,” the officer said.
“Hauz Khas used to be a tank from where water was supplied to the city of Siri. It is possible that the remains date back to that period. However, the period to which they belong will only be known when the forensic report is out. The matter is under probe,” he said.