Updated May 27th, 2024 at 17:57 IST

Rajkot Fire Tragedy: DNA Samples Collected to Establish Identity of Charred Bodies

The bodies of victims were charred beyond recognition, and DNA samples of the deceased and their relatives were collected to establish the identity of the dead

Reported by: Digital Desk
Edited by: Manisha Roy
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Rajkot: The Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed by the state government to investigate the Rajkot gaming zone fire incident conducted a meeting with the local administration in the wee hours of Sunday. As many as 27 people, including children, lost their lives whereas several others sustained injuries after a massive blaze swept through a game zone teeming with people enjoying a summer vacation outing on Saturday evening. 

Since the bodies of victims were charred beyond recognition, DNA samples of the deceased and their relatives who claimed them were collected to establish the identity of the dead, news agency PTI reported. Raju Bhargava, Police Commissioner, Rajkot said, "Twenty-seven DNA samples sent, the report will come in 36 to 48 hours...We extracted DNA samples from the bone marrow..."

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In an update on Monday, May 27, Gujarat Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi told PTI that the DNA test will be conducted via bones, because the blood of the victims is not available. The victims were charred to death in the fire tragedy. "The DNA test of bodies of deceased is being conducted via bones because blood is not available. The samples of the family members were taken, and they were brought to Gandhinagar via air ambulance yesterday," said Sanghavi.

On Sunday morning, Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel also visited the incident site at Nana-Mava road and the hospital where the injured were admitted. 

So far, police have arrested four people in connection with the case including the manager and the owner of the game zone. Four children under the age of 12 were among those 27 killed in the fire incident. 

SIT to Submit Report Within 72 Hrs

The five-member SIT team has been asked to submit a report to the state govt within 72 hours. The probe team reached Rajkot late on Saturday night and held a meeting with the local administration. Minister of State for Home Harsh Sanghavi also reached Rajkot late on Saturday night and attended the meeting. 

"The prime minister has sought the information of the incident from the chief minister and has expressed grief. The PM has directed that strong action be taken against the culprits," news agency PTI quoting him as saying.  

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Additional Commissioner of Police (ACP) Vinayak Patel said the health condition of the three injured people was stable. He added that the chances of the toll rising are unlikely. "The bodies are charred beyond recognition, and we have completed the process of collecting the DNA samples of the bodies and the relatives who have claimed them so that the identity of the deceased can be established. The death toll is not likely to rise any further," he said. 

The ADGP Trivedi-led SIT includes Commissioner, Technical Education, BN Pani; Director, Forensic Science Laboratory, Gandhinagar, HP Sanghvi; Chief Fire Officer, Ahmedabad, JN Khadia; and Superintending Engineer, Roads and Buildings Department, MB Desai. 

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The exact cause behind the deadly blaze is not yet known. 

Prez Murmu, PM Modi Condole Deaths; CM Announces 4 Lakh Ex-Gratia for Kin of Deceased

Meanwhile, President Droupadi Murmu, Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar have expressed grief over the tragic incident. 

PM Modi also spoke to Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel on Saturday to enquire about the rescue and relief efforts. The CM has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of each of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to each injured. 

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In the wake of the fire tragedy, the DGP has directed the commissioners of police and superintendents of police to inspect all the game zones in the state and close those running without fire safety permission.
 

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Published May 26th, 2024 at 09:56 IST