Head of Forensics at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) Sohel Mahmud on Thursday said it may take eight to 10 days to get the DNA results on the victims of the US-Bangla plane crash which took place on Monday.
“First I have to collect DNA samples from the victims and return to Bangladesh, and then I have to collect reference samples from relatives of victims. Once I have collected both samples, I can get the results of the DNA test in eight to ten days,” Sohel said while addressing a press briefing in Kathmandu, Nepal.
The DMCH head of Forensics is part of a delegation of medical and forensics experts sent to Nepal from Bangladesh to investigate the plane crash and monitor the condition of survivors.
DMCH Burn unit Resident Surgeon Hossain Imam, Associate Professor Lutful Kabir and Bangladesh police DNA expert Abdus Salam were other members of the delegation in attendance at the press conference. Bangladesh Foreign Ministry Director General (South Asian affairs) Monwar Hossain and Bangladesh Ambassador to Nepal Mashfee Binte Shams were also present.
Sohel further said: “If I manage to collect blood samples then the DNA tests are likely to be completed quicker, but we are unlikely to find blood. As most of the DNA will have to be extracted from either bone or teeth, the process will take a little longer.”
The DMCH forensics head added that Nepalese authorities would conduct their own tests on DNA samples and samples would be taken from survivors as well as identified and unidentified deceased, so as to ensure that there was as little chance of mistakes as possible.
Meanwhile, regarding the treatment of survivors, DMCH Burn unit Resident Surgeon Hossain Imam said: “A medical team is already treating the survivors here and the treatment that has been provided here is very good. We will speak to both the medical team and patients to determine if any kind of specific assistance is required and then provide it.”
Associate Professor Lutful Kabir, also with the DMCH Burn unit, echoed Hossain Imam in saying that medical authorities in Nepal had wasted no time in treating the plane crash victims.
When asked whether there would be a criminal investigation into the plane crash, Bangladesh police DNA expert Abdus Salam said: “The Forensics Department of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police will conduct all necessary work on the matter, including identifying the victims, and the final result will come from us.”