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Bodies Go Missing from Hindu Graveyard in Bihar, Probe Ordered

Bodies missing from a Hindu graveyard have the police in Bihar’s Purnia district on their toes.

Alok Kumar | News18.com

Updated:June 18, 2017, 12:28 PM IST
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Bodies Go Missing from Hindu Graveyard in Bihar, Probe Ordered
The graveyard in Raziganj village is the only Hindu burial ground used by those who cannot afford to cremate the dead. (Image: Network18)
Patna: Bodies missing from a Hindu graveyard have the police in Bihar’s Purnia district on their toes.

The graveyard in Raziganj village is the only Hindu burial ground used by those who cannot afford to cremate the dead.

"We cannot afford the wood required to cremate our loved ones. So we started burying the dead here. It has since become a ritual,” said Kundan Chaudhary, a local resident.

When the villagers went for a burial on Thursday, they noticed the dug-up graves. "We saw that many bodies had been exhumed. I could not see any human remains. Hair was scattered near a grave. It was scary," Kundan said.

Another villager, Badri Prasad, said this wasn’t the first time bodies were missing from the area. "Three graves were found open in the nearby Kasba village two years ago," he said.

Police said an investigation has been launched. “Prime Facie evidence suggests the bodies may have been stolen for some tantrik rituals or for bone trafficking,” said Deputy Superintendent of Police, Rajkumar Shah.


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