Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Sep 8:
The Forensic Medicine and Toxicology (FMT) department of SCB Medical College & Hospital (SCBMCH) in Odisha’s Cuttack city would submit its report in a week’s time after conducting tests on the 27 human skulls seized by the police from the residence of one Er Manoranjan Jena alias Manu Bhai at Siddhamahavir Patana in Puri, informed Prof Dr Manoj Kumar Jena, Head FMT department SCBMCH here today.
A four-member special team comprising of experts with FMT department head Prof Dr Manoj Kumar Jena as the team leader will examine these skulls on six aspects which primarily include whether genuine or fake (look alike), gender, age and the cause behind the death of the persons to whom these skulls belonged to, SCBMCH sources revealed.
The FMT department will begin forensic examination of these 27 skulls today. The Kumbharpada police of Puri had delivered these skulls at the FMT department on Monday.
Following allegations of suspected sorcery by locals, Kumbharpada police of Puri on the night of September 5 opened a house at Siddhamahavir Patana, named Muktidham Dharmashala with the help of Er Manoranjan Jena alias Manu Bhai, who lives in Srikshetra Colony.
They found 27 human skulls lined up on the shelves of his house. The police had however, claimed that it didn’t find any suspicious object or any document from the room pointing towards sorcery.
Accused Jena was detained by the police for questioning at the Kumbharpada police station. However, he was released on a PR bond on Sunday. Police has suo motu registered a case in the matter.
During questioning, Jena had told the police that he is an engineer by profession and works with ONGC in Mumbai.
“It is a motivational centre and I have kept these skulls since last nine years. I have even uploaded pictures and information about this on internet. It is my 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,” Manoranjan Jena had said.
He had claimed himself to be an atheist and had said that he regularly visited schools and created awareness among students. He used to convince children not to believe in ghosts.
However, the locals were not prepared to buy the defence put up by Manoranjan Jena. They had said that his attire, activities, body language and even way of talking were all suspicious. He had hung skulls and bones in front of his gate as that of danger signal.