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Churihatta fire: Autopsy report ready to be submitted to police

'Those who could not identify relatives yet can provide DNA samples now, paving the way for identifying the victims'

Update : 19 Feb 2020, 05:23 PM

The post-mortem report of 67 victims of the deadly fire incident in Chawkbazar's Churihatta area of Old Dhaka are ready to be submitted to police.

Associate Prof Dr Sohel Mahmud, head of Forensic Department at Dhaka Medical College, told this to reporters on Wednesday.

He said the report might be submitted to the law enforcement agency anytime.

"Identities of three victims are yet to be confirmed," he said.

"We handed over 45 bodies to their relatives after identifying those in phases. The remaining 22 bodies underwent DNA profiling and 19 of those have been identified."

"Those who could not identify their relative can provide DNA samples now, paving the way for identifying the victims," Sohel said.

When asked what took them so long to make the post-mortem report ready, he said: "We collected the DNA samples from the relatives and sent those to the CID (Criminal Investigation Department). It took time to get the DNA reports from them. Besides, transfer of the coroners also caused the delay to prepare the autopsy report."  

On the night of February 20, 2019, a massive fire tore through several multi-storey buildings on Nanda Kumar Lane in Churihatta area, killing 67 people on the spot and injuring scores more.

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