Kolkata: Over six months after they were
abducted by Maoists in Ayodhya hills in West Bengal`s Purulia
district, the skeletal remains of a police intelligence
officer and his friend were identified by DNA tests.
The remains were recovered by security forces from a
jungle in Arsa area in the district along with a motorcycle on
March 11 following interrogation of an arrested Maoist.
IB officer Partha Biswas and his school teacher friend
Soumyajit Basu were riding a motorcycle when they went missing
from the area on October 23 last year.
Biswas` wife Barnali and Avijit Basu, elder brother of
the school teacher, had been unable to identify the skeletal
remains at the Purulia Sadar Hospital morgue on March 12.
The government had then sent the samples to Hyderabad for
DNA tests, the reports of which were received by the Purulia
district administration on Wednesday.
"DNA tests have confirmed that the bodies were of Biswas
and Basu," Chief Secretary Samar Ghosh told reporters here.
"Next steps will follow accordingly," Ghosh said.
The family members of Biswas and Basu had met Chief
Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee several times in the past.