Human skeletons,said to be around 150 years old,have been found in an agriculture farm in Lakhimpur with the district authorities seeking a study by archaeologists to determine whether they relate to a mass burial of freedom fighters during the British era.
“We have recommended that the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) should study the case as people of the region related the mass burials to pre-independence era when freedom fighters declared Mohammadi tehsil a free state and fought a pitched war against the British troops somewhere between 1856 and 1858,” a senior official said.
“Human skeletons in large numbers were found buried in Badhera village,30 kms from here,” Circle Officer of Mohammadi Subhash Chandra Gangwar said,adding the bones,skulls and skeletons,that have become brittle with time,seem to be around 150 years old.
Police have sent a report to the District Magistrate seeking a survey of the area and analysis of the human remains by the ASI.
Officials are puzzled over the recovery of skeletons as in their records there was no burial ground from where the findings were made while the farm was being dug under NREGS a few days back.
“We were taken aback when the mass burial came to our notice as this is not a place recorded as grave yard,” tehsildar of Mohammadi said.
“It is not possible to count the exact number of human skeletons lying buried in the field but certainly dozens of skeletons are there,” Gangwar said.
The administration has stopped further digging till investigations are on.