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EXAMINATION   OF   BONES

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bones were those of a female, about thirty to thirty-five years of age. These were
afterwards identified to be those of a female by an orhni (head dress), torn saluka
(bodice) and a brass ear-ring found near the spot where the bones were discovered.

2. In March 1922, an incomplete skeleton found in ihe Gomti river was certified
to be that of a middle-aged male of about 5 feet 10 inches in height, the length of the
femur being 19 inches. It was afterwards identified to be that of a male Ahir by the
dhoti found round the pelvis to which soft parts were still attached.

.3. In the case of a headless skeleton forwarded to me for post-mortem examina-
tion on the 2nd August 1926, I could ascertain from a cut across the centre of the body
of the third cervical vertebra and a similar cut across the upper part of the body of
the fifth cervical vertebra that death resulted from the injuries inflicted on the neck
with a heavy cutting weapon.

4. A _man, aged about 38 years, was alleged to have been murdered by injuries
inflicted with a spear and a lathi (blunt weapon), and the body was dragged by a
number of assailants, weighted with a sand bag and deposited into the bed of a river
gix miles from Gorakhpur. Nine months later two segments of a trunk and certain bones
of the upper and lower extremities were recovered from the bed of the river and were
submitted to Dr. M. A. Khan, Head of the Department of Anatomy, King Georges
Medical College, Lucknow, through the Chemical Examiner of the United and Central

Fig. 23.—Left:  Bones as sent for examination.   Right:
Skeleton reconstructed from the bones.

(From photographs lent kindly by Dr. M. A. Khan.}

Provinces, Agra, for his examination and report as to whether the bones were those of
the man alleged to have been murdered. A saluka, a sleeveless jersey and an achkan
recovered from near the bones and a shirt, a bandi (vest), a jhangia, (drawers) and a
pair of shoes found in the house of the deceased were also forwarded for examination.

After assembling and reconstructing the bones into a skeleton Dr. Khan came to the
following conclusions: —

(1)  That all the bones belonged to one and the same skeleton.    The head which
was missing appeared to have been removed from above the  sixth  cervical vertebra.
The trunk appeared to have been divided into two parts by sawing through the fourth
lumbar vertebra.

(2)  That the skeleton was that of a male as determined from the contour and
configuration of the thorax and the reconstructed pelvis.

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