MADURAI: Bones of four persons allegedly buried by quarry owners some years ago, which were exhumed from a burial ghat near Melur, have been sent for forensic examination even as a case has been registered against an owner of a granite company, officials said today.
The skeletons recovered were that of a baby and three men, officials said, adding, skeletons of two men were recovered yesterday and that of the baby and another man in the early hours today.
IAS officer U Sagayam, appointed by Madras High Court as Legal Commissioner to probe "illegal" granite quarrying in this district, had ordered digging of some sites where some persons were allegedly killed as 'human sacrifice' and believed to be buried by quarry owners four years ago.
Sagayam ordered digging of the sites at E.Malampatti on the banks of the Manimutharu on a complaint that mentally challenged persons had been given as "human sacrifice" in one of the granite quarries in 2011.
The complaint was given by one of the drivers of heavy machineries working with a granite export company, PRP, retired ADSP Velu, assisting Sagayam in his investigations, said.
He said a case was registered against Palanisamy, owner of the firm and some others last week in this connection but the company has denied the allegation.
Officials, who exhumed the remains, said only forensic report could reveal if the bodies had been given in sacrifice.
Some people also told the investigating team that the complaint was bogus in nature without any evidence,and based on hearsay.