A court here on Thursday issued an arrest warrant against 40 absconding accused in the skeleton recovery case in West Midnapore district in which former State Minister Susanta Ghosh and 18 others are in jail.

Chief Judicial Magistrate Manoj Rai issued the arrest warrant against the absconders, including Ghosh's brother Prasanta, CPI(M) Krishak Sabha secretary Tarun Rai and Keshpur CPI(M) zonal secretary Imtiaz Ali.

Seven skeletons were dug up near the ancestral residence of former Paschim Anchal Development Minister Susanta Ghosh at Benchapra in the district on June two.

The son of a Trinamool Congress worker had claimed that he had recognised his father's remains from the clothes on one of the skeletons dug up from a pit near the former minister's residence. - PTI