Not newborns but medical waste in plastic bags, Kolkata officials clarify

WION Web Team
Kolkata, West Bengal, India Published: Sep 03, 2018, 07.08 AM(IST)

Visual from spot where skeletons were recovered. Photograph:( ANI )

Investigations have ruled out earlier reports stating that 14 plastic bags containing dead bodies of infants were recovered from southern Mumbai on Sunday.

Officials in Kolkata clarified that the bags recovered from a vacant piece of land in the southern part of the city contained only medical waste and not bodies of newborns or foetuses as stated earlier.

Initially, police officials said they were verifying whether the bags 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.

Following what seemed a shocking revelation, Mayor Sovan Chatterjee, Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar and other officials rushed to the spot.

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". 

The plastic bags actually contained medical waste, it was found later, another official said.

Earlier reports said that 14 dead bodies of infants were reportedly found buried in an abandoned compound of Kolkata on Sunday by workers of Kolkata Municipal Corporation.

The workers came across the plastic bags when they were cleaning the compound in South Kolkata’s Behala area.

(With inputs from PTI)

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