UNIDENTIFIED TAZREEN FIRE VICTIMS
DNA lab expects to present report by Jan endStaff Correspondent
The National Forensic DNA Profiling Laboratory at Dhaka Medical College Hospital expects to present the DNA profiling reports of 53 Tazreen fire victims, buried unidentified, by end of January.
Lab chief Sharif Aktheruzzaman told New Age on Saturday that the profiling of the victims had been completed and the final evaluation was in progress.
He said the laboratory collected 48 reference samples of the victims’ relatives, a good number of which matched the samples of the victims.
Without disclosing the number of victims who could be identified, Sharif said the report would be presented to the labour ministry in shortest possible time.
The labour ministry would take the decision when the reports would be made public, he said.
He said that the laboratory would present the report ahead of the schedule, which was the first week of February.
Earlier, Sharif informed the labour ministry in a letter that the DNA test report of Tazreen fire victims and their relatives would be completed in the first week of February.
In the letter, he also sought the payment of Tk six lakh through bank draft or pay-order to the National Forensic DNA Profiling Laboratory as the DNA profiling fee.
The laboratory received the payment from Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association, he said.
At least 112 workers of Tazreen Fashions were killed in the fire which also left many others injured on the night of November 24.
Bodies of 53 workers, burnt beyond recognition, were buried at Jurain graveyard in the city before their identities could be ascertained.
Social organization Anjuman Mufidul Islam buried them on November 27.
On November 26 a team of Criminal Investigation Department along with Forensic DNA Profiling Laboratory collected 59 samples from 53 unidentified bodies for ascertaining their identities through DNA profiling.
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