Mother claims 4 year old skeletal remains to be her daughter's

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Shillong, Aug 20 (UNI) In a bizarre incident, after four long years, a mother has identified the skeletal remains, found deep inside an abandoned coal mine, to be her 15-year-old daughter's.

Police said here today that Philis Sna, of Mupliang village under Jowai police station in Meghalaya, identified the remains of her daughter, Nangroi Sna, who went missing since 2004.

The skeleton of the girl was recovered by police from 80-feet deep inside an abandoned coal mine at Moolamanoh, on August 12, after it was spotted by some miners, Jaintia Hills District SP Mukesh Singh said.

''The mother claimed that she had recognised her daughter from the remains of the clothes on the skeleton that lay inside the mine,'' he added.

Mr Singh, however, said that to ascertain the mother's claim, some parts of the skeleton will be sent to Kolkata for DNA test to establish the age and gender of the skeleton.

Soon after the ''identification'', the district police appealed to the court to reopen the case against the mine owner Sniawbha Siangshai and her brother Risa alias Ngew Siangshai.

Nangroi had been working as a house helper with Ngew since 2001.

Meanwhile, the relatives of the missing girl have filed a fresh FIR against the mine owners.

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