Cuttack, Jan 17: Five human skulls were recovered from a garbage dump yard in Tigiria block of Odisha’s Cuttack district by police on Tuesday and have been sent for scientific examination. Also Read - Odisha News: 'Special Corona Fee' on Liquor Slashed From 50% to 15%

The skulls were found lying in an open garbage dump yard near a spinning mill of Nuapatna, which has been shut for over a decade now. Tigiria police inspector Sushant Satpathy has been quoted in a PTI report as saying that the preliminary examinations reveal that the skulls appear to be very old and cracked. Also Read - Lockdown Extension: These Districts of Three States to go Under Complete Shutdown From Today | Check List

Police claim that the skulls could have been either used by medical students for academic purpose or by tantriks (black magicians) for practising witchcraft. “We have sent the skulls for forensic examination. Only after getting the scientific report, we will come to any conclusion,” Satpathy said. Also Read - Odisha Lockdown Latest News: These Employees to Not Attend Offices in Bhubaneswar Till July 31

Ruling out of any practice of human sacrifices related to the recovery of the skulls from the dump yard, the police said, “We have no such reports in recent memory coming from any of the nearby areas about any mass human sacrifices.”