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DNA tests help identify 20 bus fire victims

DNA tests help identify 20 bus fire victims
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DNA Tests Help Identify 20 Bus Fire Victims, Bus Fire Mishap in Mahabubnagar, AP State Forensic Lab. Based on the DNA tests, 20 out of the 42 passengers who were charred to death in the tragic bus fire mishap in Mahabubnagar district on October 30, have been identified.

  • State Forensic Lab releases first report after collecting samples of relatives
  • Process of identification of remaining 22 bodies may take more time

Based on the DNA tests, 20 out of the 42 passengers who were charred to death in the tragic bus fire mishap in Mahabubnagar district on October 30, have been identified.

The Andhra Pradesh State Forensic Laboratory (APSFL), which collected the DNA samples from 84 relatives of the victims, gave its first report on Monday, ascertaining the identity of 20 victims. Only three bodies were identified at the spot. The authorities did not mention as to when the process of identification of the remaining 22 bodies would be completed. The names of the victims were: Prashanth Gupta, Shiva Kiran, Vedhapathi, Adari Ravi, Manjunath Goud, Md Sardar, Ashutosh Pande, Akshay Singh, Phani Kumar, NS Giridhar, G Balasunder Raju, M Vijaya Kumari, Jyoti Ranjan Sahu, Syed Mohammad Jamaluddin, N Roohiya, Venkatesh, Mohsin Pasha, Raghuveer, K Ramya and Shaik Saqib Ahmed. The DNA tests were a must as the bodies were charred beyond recognition. The authorities wanted to avoid any complications in future and prevent false claims and therefore, collected the samples from relatives for the DNA tests.

Meanwhile, arrangements are being made to handover the bodies to the relatives after verifying their identities.

The bodies were preserved at the Osmania General Hospital (OGH) mortuary. Senior officials from the Mahabubnagar district have also been asked to rush to the OGH mortuary to complete the process. As many as 45 passengers were killed when the bus of Jabbar Travels coming from Bangalore to Hyderabad caught fire near Palem in the early hours of October 30.

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