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Since 1st March, 1999
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Cops identify river-bed remains

Durgapur, March 26: Police today claimed that the human remains dug up from under the bed of Ajoy river have been identified as Santa Singh and his brother, Krishna, the two missing CPM members suspected to have been kidnapped from Kendra village in the Pandabeswar police station area.

Yesterday morning, police recovered clothes and decomposed human remains from the dry river bed. In the evening, a skeleton was found a few metres from where the first remains were found.

“The family members of the two missing youths identified the bodies by the clothes that were found at the site. We are pressing murder charges against 18 accused, 15 of whom have been arrested,” said additional police superintendent Ajay Ranade.

He said the remains had been dug up in the presence of the executive magistrate, Durgapur, P. Majumdar. Ranade was, however, silent when asked if all those arrested were Naxalites.

Inspector-general of police, western range, Gautam Mohan Chakraborty, will visit Kendra tomorrow.

The CPM had been insisting that the two brothers were kidnapped from a field while playing football a few days after Naxalite leader and panchayat member Ganesh Pal was gunned down in the area on January 8.

Reacting to the recovery of the alleged remains of the two CPM supporters, Sunil Pal, a leader of a Naxalite faction, said the identification was “forced”.

“The police is scared of the CPM and have accepted the fact that the remains are those of the missing men, we are in no way connected to their disappearance,” Pal said.

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