The body of Ramesh Tudu, a Santal man who was reportedly died during a clash between Santals and police at Shahebganj-Bagda Farm of Rangpur Sugar Mills at Gobindaganj in Gaibandha on November 6 in 2015, was exhumed after fifteen months of his death to ascertain the cause of the death.
Police Bureau of Investigation members exhumed different parts of the body, including his skull and bones, from the his grave at village Sitanjuri under the upazila in presence of the upazila assistant commissioner (land) Md Rafiul Alam, government physician and locals, said PBI additional special superintendent of police Anwar Hossain Mia.
He said two Santals — Shyamal Hembram and Mangal Mardi — succumbed to their injuries they received during the November 6 clashes and later the Santals had been claiming that Ramesh too was killed in the clash.
Though Shyamal and Mangal’s body were handed over to their family after postmortem examination, Ramesh’s body was buried without any autopsy, he said, adding that they appealed to a court in Gaibandha to exhume the body for postmortem examination.
He said that the exhumed body was sent to Gaibandha Sadar Hospital and the hospital authority informed them that they had no ability to conduct autopsy of such a body.
‘So we, in the evening, again appealed to a court here to allow them to send the body to Rangpur Medical College for completing the task. We are yet to get the order,’ Anwar, also the investigation officer of two cases lodged by Santals in this connection, told New Age around 7:30pm.
At least three Santals were killed and 20 others injured during a clash during a police-led eviction drive at Shahebganj-Bagda Farm of Rangpur Sugar Mills since November 6, 2016 late afternoon while about 1500 makeshift dwelling houses of Santals were burnt.
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