"We will hand over the bodies only after the DNA is matched," an official said.Bhubaneswar:
The Odisha government on Monday started taking DNA samples before handing over the bodies to actual relatives in some suspected cases to authenticate their identity and avoid bogus claimants. The decision was taken after two different families in Bihar's Bhagalpur claimed that one of the bodies was their relatives. It was difficult to identify the body as it was in a decomposed state.
The state government was unable to decide to whom to hand over the body, following which it decided to take DNA samples of the claimants and make it a normal procedure in such suspected cases.
"We will hand over the bodies only after the DNA is matched. We suspect that due to the compensation we get from the railways and the respective state governments, some people may make false claims on the dead bodies," he said.
Let us know that the death toll in this horrific accident in Balasore, Odisha has reached 278. Three more people died in the accident. Also, a large number of people have been injured.
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