Aizawl: Twelve human skulls and several skeletons, believed to be more than a century old, have been unearthed near Tuidam village in west Mizoram’s Mamit district bordering Tripura on Friday, a senior police officer said.
Mizoram DIG (Northern Range) Lalbiakthanga Khiangte said that the skulls and skeletons of about 12 adults were discovered 7 ft beneath the ground. They were found when they fell from above while clearing the debris of landslide on Tuidam to Kawrte road, about one km from Tuidam village in Mamit district, he said.
He said that the skulls and skeletal remains were found inside earthen pots and believed to be dated back to a period before 1900.
According to the police officer, the human skulls and skeletons were believed to belong to Mizo chiefs in olden days, whose skeletal remains were put in earthen pots and buried after their cremation. He said that an SDPO from Kawrtha was sent to the spot to verify the discovery
“I have instructed the SDPO to collect the skulls and skeletons and bring them to Kawrtha police station,” he said, adding that they will be handed over to the forensic department for examination.