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A Midnapore court on Monday allowed the CID to conduct a DNA test to ascertain the identity of the seven skeletons recovered from Garbeta in West Midnapore on June 4.
The CID will now collect blood samples of nine people who claimed the seven skeletons were of their family members.
Inspector General (CID) Niraj Narayan Pandey said it was mandatory to take the court's permission to conduct a DNA test and collect blood samples.
According to a source in the CID, the test would be conducted at the Central Forensic Laboratory in Kolkata and the report would be ready in a month.
The CID had already collected statements and evidence but officials wanted to proceed with caution, said the source. If the DNA tests ascertain the identity of the seven skeletons, then the CID will proceed with the FIR lodged at the Anandapur police station.
The CID is also thinking of conducting a 'photo superimpose test' for identification. In this test, the photograph of a missing person would be superimposed on the pictures of the seven skulls on the computer one after another. If the photograph matches with any of the seven skulls, the identity of the person would become clear, said an official.
The CID has asked family members to submit photographs of those who went missing in 2002.
On June 4, villagers of Benachopa found the seven skeletons from a field close to the ancestral house of Susanta Ghosh, former minister and CPM MLA from Garbeta.
The villagers claimed the seven skeletons were of Trinamool Congress workers who were killed at Garbeta on September22, 2002 by CPM goons and there bodies were buried there.
The police started investigations on a complaint by Shayamal Acharya, who claimed one of the skeletons could be that of his father Ajay Acharya. He mentioned the name of Susanta Ghosh and other CPM leaders.