A construction unit had been found to be secretly disposing of hundreds of remains unearthed during the construction of a luxury apartment in downtown Hanoi.
The doing was discovered at the construction site of the Imperia Sky Garden apartment and office complex, at 423 Minh Khai St., Vinh Tuy Ward in Hanoi’s central district of Hai Ba Trung.
The case was unfolded after multiple instances of transportation and burial of remains were in September and October caught by local police in Thai Thuy District, Thai Binh Province, which is located 110 kilometers to the southeast of Hanoi.
A total of 349 remains had been illegally transported or buried within the district without giving prior notification to local authorities, Thai Thuy District Police said.
Investigations traced the remains back to the construction site of the Imperia Sky Garden project, invested by Minh Khai Textile Company and developed by real estate developer M.I.K Land.
Chief of Thai Thuy District Police Lt. Col. Nguyen Van Trinh told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that his division was consulting with the provincial Department of Justice on how to handle the case, as this was the first time doings of such nature had been discovered.
Trinh said local police was looking to open investigation on the project investor’s liability in the case, saying the act was “condemnable” on a spiritual sense.
Meanwhile, Tran Nam Son, deputy chairman of Vinh Tuy Ward where the construction site is located, was unable to provide an estimation on the number of remains that had not been unearthed.
Despite Son’s claim that all construction of the project had been suspended since September, Tuoi Tre’s on-site report on Friday found otherwise, as workers and machineries could still be seen carrying on with their work.
Commenting on this, Son said the workers were only “making experimental drills and working on the sample apartment”.
Chief inspector of Hanoi Department of Construction Tran Viet Dung blamed the land clearance unit for the issue, adding that the unearthing and displacing of tombs without consent from relatives of the deceased and local authorities was against the law.
As construction has not officially started, the ward administration would be responsible for dealing with any arising issues concerning the project for the moment, Dung said.