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7 March, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Chawkbazar fire

11 victims identified through DNA tests

Staff Reporter, Dhaka

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police has been able to identify 11 out of the 19 victims of the deadly Chawkbazar fire through DNA tests.  The fire broke out on Feb 20 night.   

Nine of the 11 victims identified are males and two are females, CID additional deputy inspector general Rezaul Haider said at a media briefing yesterday.

The two women identified are Nasrin Jahan and Fatema Johura. But ihe identities of the nine men are yet to be known.

Rezaul Haider said DNA tests were being carried out on eight more victims. “Since the matter is sensitive, we wouldn’t like to reveal the names of the 11 identified,” he added.

“On March 5, we collected DNA samples from 48 people,” Haider said.  After several tests and cross-matching, they could match 23 samples to the 11 victims.

“The process of identification regarding the eight other bodies is underway,” he added.

Replying to a journalist’s query, Haider said: “It’s not the time to tell you who are in the list. There are still eight more people to be examined. You’ve to wait for 11-12 more days. Only then will we be able to tell you how many people have been identified.”

The CID official said they were working to identify the victims on the basis of the names given to them by the kith and kin of those missing in the fire.

“For one body, several relatives have submitted their DNA samples. That’s why the number of seekers is more. Twenty-three people were claiming 11 dead bodies identified so far, while 25 more are claiming the remaining eight bodies. We’ll have to perform DNA tests on these 25 people,” he added.

Responding to queries on the identities of the nine men, Haider said: “Investigators will be able to sort them out. We’ve sent the report to the probe bodies. They will start handing over the bodies according to the court directive.”

However, The Independent found out from the relatives of the deceased through on- spot visit that the five victims out of those 11 in the Dhaka Medical College Hospital. They are: Saleh Mohammed Lipu, Tanzil Hasan Borhan, Nuruzzaman, Ibrahim, and Ahasanullah.

Saidul Islam Sani, brother of one of the victims, was waiting to receive the body of his sister, Fatema Johura, who died was with her friend in the fire that broke out on February 20. Fatema Johura’s family could not properly identify her body earlier. This time, however, they confirmed her body.

Munshi Abdul Lokman, sub-inspector of Chawkbazar police station, said eight families had reached the DMCH to receive the bodies. But the bodies were in different hospitals.

“The dead bodies will be handed over to their relatives in presence of an executive magistrate,” said Munshi Abdul.

The CID had started collecting the DNA samples from February 21 to identify those killed in the fire. They collected 38 samples to match with the 19 bodies. In addition to that, as many as 257 DNA samples were collected from all the 67 dead bodies.

 

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