Badaun (UP), 19 July-2014, PTI: Racing against time, CBI today began the exhumation of the bodies of the two sisters, who
were allegedly raped and murdered at a village here in May, but had to suspend the operation as the rising river level of the Ganges threatened to inundate the graves.
Following the advice of three-member medical board, CBI started the process to exhume the bodies this afternoon as the rising river level threatened to submerge the graves, CBI sources in New Delhi said.
However, after efforts of nearly three hours when divers looked for the graves in eight-feet deep water, the agency had to abandon the process for today, they said.
Meanwhile CNN-IBN reported that the authorities were unable to locate the bodies.
“Exhumation process has been suspended due to rain and rising water levels in Ganga. District administration is contacting UP Bridge Construction Corporation for advance equipment,” CBI spokesperson Kanchan Prasad said in New Delhi.
The medical board and a CBI team are camping in Badaun and will review the situation tomorrow before proceeding to exhume the bodies, CBI sources said.
Executive Engineer of flood division D K Jain said in Badaun that he did not see any possibility of the operation to exhume the bodies resuming tomorrow.
Superintendent of Police (city) Maan Singh Chauhan said that the exhumation was earlier scheduled to be held on 20 July but considering the fact that the bodies might flow out of grave, the process started today.
He said that due to heavy rains and release of water from dams in Hardwar and Bijnor, the level of the Ganges has risen suddenly and the grave of the two girls have gone under around three-feet water.