Nepal security personnel have arrested an Indian national from Bengal on charges of transporting 15 human skull parts. The man hails from West Bengal and he has been identified as Bhagirath Singh. Singh is 66 years old and he comes from Khoribari in West Bengal. Singh was searched at a security check post near Kakarbhitta customs office in Jhapa district. When Nepal security personnel found 15 human skulls in his possession, they detained him for further questioning. When Singh was interrogated, he said that he was merely transporting the skulls and was paid Rs 1,000 for doing so. He said that he does personally know the man who asked him to transport the skulls across the border.
According to Police Superintendent Sailesh Thapa, it is likely that the human skulls were being smuggled for the purpose of conducting tantric rituals. The existing laws in Nepal do not classify possession of human body parts as a criminal offence, which is why Singh has been booked under the Public Offence Act. It may be recalled that smuggling of human body parts is not uncommon along the Indo-Nepal border. Many such cases have occurred in the past as well, especially along the Kakarbhitta border. Kakarbhitta has become one of the most accessible routes for smugglers to transport human bones and skulls into Nepal. The supply comes from places such as Assam, Meghalaya and Mizoram.