Recovered skulls are of human beings

Bhubaneswar: Contrary to the claims made by Manoranjan Jena from whose house police had recovered 27 skulls and sent for test to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology (FMT) department in Cuttack, the skulls are proved to be of humans.

Official sources said, preliminary reports confirmed all the skulls belong to human beings.

The gender and age report of the skulls will be available at a later stage after more tests, sources added
Three days ago police had recovered the skulls from a house of Jena in Puri who claimed to be an engineer working with ONGC in Mumbai, following allegations of sorcery by locals.

The skulls were found lined up on the shelves of Jena’s house. But the police had said nothing suspicious nor any document was found in the room, which pointed to sorcery.

Meanwhile police has suo motu registered a case and Jena was released on a PR bond on Sunday.

“It is a motivational centre and I have kept these skulls since the past nine years. I have even uploaded pictures and information about this in the internet. It is part of my efforts to rid people of their fear of skeletons or ghosts. If it is punishable under law, then I respect the law and will accept the punishment,” Jena had said.

Claiming himself as an atheist, Jena had said he had been creating awareness among people not to fear ghosts.