Remains of five youths of Janakpur, who went missing during Maoist insurgency (1996-2006), have been indentified and handed over to the respective families.
Earlier, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) identified their burial site (grave) and exhumed the bodies. The youths disappeared some 11 years ago mysteriously in October, 2003.
The victims' families wished to conduct final rites of their members as per their own culture and tradition and the remains were handed over to them, according to NHRC secretary Ved Prasad Bhattarai.
The remains were of Sanjiv Kumar Karna, Durgesh Lav, Jitendra Jha, Pramod Narayan Mandal and Shailendra Yadav.
Sample test of blood of their parents and relatives, forensic tests and DNA tests of the remains were conducted to identify the bodies. Forensic tests were conducted at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj and the DNA tests were conducted in Helsinki, Finland.