Police on Friday recovered around 16 limbs and 13 bones of human skeletons wrapped in four sacks at Dhaka South City Corporation’s garbage dumping zone in the capital’s Matuail.
Police could not ascertain whether criminals dumped the body parts after killing several persons or these were collected from hospitals or morgues. Even they could not ascertain the motive behind the incident.
The four sacks contained seven severed legs, three hands and six parts of heads and chests, said Minhajul Islam, senior assistant commissioner (AC) of Demra zone of police.
Some street children who usually search for recyclable materials inside garbage were the first to notice the sacks lying at the dumping zone and then opened those around 5:30am. Panicked, they screamed. Nearby waste management staffers thronged the spot and informed police.
Police took the body parts to Jatrabari Police Station and then sent those to Mitford Medical College morgue.
According to police, one of the hands recovered from there was marked with nail polish at its nail, suggesting that it might be of a female body.
The cut marks at the body parts suggest miscreants used hacksaw for cutting those, he said, adding that preservatives had been provided with the parts, said AC Minhajul.
Samples from the parts would be sent to DNA laboratory for identification of the deceased, Minhajul further said.
Asked from where the body parts were taken to the dumping ground, the Jatrabari Police Station officer-in-charge (investigation) refused to tell anything without completing investigation into the incident.
The sacks were dumped in the area early Friday or shortly before as garbage is dumped from container carriers on that particular spot after 11:00pm, said Abdulla Harun, an assistant engineer at Waste Management Department of DSCC.
Every night around 250 container carriers come to the zone for dumping waste.