8 months after death, body exhumed for DNA profiling

Man thought to be buried, returns home

SUMIT BHARGAV
Rajouri, Publish Date: Nov 17 2018 1:45AM | Updated Date: Nov 17 2018 1:45AM
8 months after death, body exhumed for DNA profilingGK Photo

Around eight months after a body was buried in a graveyard of Mendhar, authorities exhumed the body on Friday to collect DNA samples for identification.

Pertinently, the issue is related to an incident, wherein a poor family mistakenly buried an unknown body, thinking that it was their missing son, who later returned home.

Reports said, “On the directions of district magistrate Poonch and communication of additional superintendent of police railways Jammu, the body was exhumed on Friday as part of inquest proceedings.”

The inquest investigation was initiated on March 9, 2018 into the death of an unknown male person.

A police officer said, “A body was recovered on march 9 from Vijaypura area of the railway track on Jammu-Pathankote route. The body was shifted to a hospital mortuary and the railway police published the photograph of the body in a newspaper, appealing people to identify the man.”

The face was partially damaged, due to which it was not clearly recognizable, he added. 

"A poor family from Qasab village in Mendhar saw the photograph and thought that it was their missing son, who had gone somewhere to work as a labourer, but went missing. Their son was not in contact with them at that time,” he further said.

The police officer said that the family from Mendhar claimed the body and after completion of legal formalities, the body was handed over to the mother of the missing boy.

"Later, on March 12, the body was buried in the ancestral graveyard in Mendhar Qasab," the official said, adding, “Surprisingly, the missing boy assumed to be dead returned home, shocking everyone.”

The entire episode became a cause of concern as it was established that an unknown man had been buried under mistaken identity.

Now, the police started to try and identify the man who had been buried.

"For DNA profiling, the body was exhumed on Friday by a team of doctors in the presence of the executive magistrate Taraf Hussain," block medical officer Mendhar Dr Parvez Ahmed Khan told Greater Kashmir. 

The BMO added that the team of doctors comprised of Dr Mohammad Ashfaq, Dr Abrar Ahmed, Dr Mohammad Azam, Dr Javed Iqbal along with paramedical staff. “Necessary parts of the body, including bone, teeth, hair and nails were collected for DNA profiling, in order to ascertain the identity of the deceased,” he said.

The 25-year-old Mohammad Muzamal, son of Nazam Din, who was mistaken to be dead, was also present during the exhuming of the body from the graveyard.

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