Bodies of six male infants and body parts of three adults found dumped near thorny bushes on the Pedda Cheruvu tank bund here on Friday left the locals shell-shocked.
Police said the bodies were shifted from the erstwhile Mennonite Brethern Christian Medical College that closed within two years of its inauguration in 1994. The college, which was closed as it could not get permission, was being cleaned up now after 18 years.
But the way the bodies were callously disposed of caused quite a stir and a steady stream of curious people surrounded them until they were shifted to a government hospital.
Most of the bodies of the infants, aged between two months and one year, were found intact, perhaps because they were preserved in formalin for some time.
Otherwise they would have been in a mutilated state. Some of them could have been stillborn. One of the infants had a band wrapped around the hand indicating that it was administered saline before death. As all of them were male, police did not suspect any foul play such as foeticide.
What caused consternation was the manner in which the bodies of three adults were found with their upper and lower limbs strewn all over.
Deputy Superintendent of Police Himavathi said the parts would be sent to a forensic laboratory. Collector M. Purushotham Reddy directed the police and health officials to submit a report on the incident. Expressing shock at the incident, Achyuta Rao, president of the A.P. Child Rights Association, demanded a judicial inquiry into the death of infants and the disposal of bodies. He wanted the government and the police to initiate stringent action against institutions and those responsible for dumping the bodies.