Hyderabad DNA reports help identify ten bodies

Addressing a news conference on Wednesday, Mangalore Commissioner of Police Seemanth Kumar Singh informed that of the 10 identified bodies, three are from Kerala, five from Karnataka and two are crew members. He said the relatives of the identified victims have been intimated.

Victims identified

Aron Joel Fernandes from Mangalore (at K S Hegde Hospital, Derlakatte), Althaf Ahmed Maulana from Udupi (at Fr Muller’s Hospital), Mahendra Ramesh Kodkani from Dandeli (Colaco Hospital), Naved Ibrahim Siraj from Udupi (at KMC Attavar), Mohommed Ziad from Mangalore (at K S Hegde Hospital, Derlakatte), Riju John from Kasargod (at City Hospital), Umashan Vijayan from Kasargod (at SCS Hospital), Mohommad Basheer from Kasargod (at City hospital) have been identified.

Apart from these, bodies of crew members Yugander Rana from West Bengal and Mohommed Ali from Madhya Pradesh have also been identified. Body of Rana has been kept at Fr Muller’s hospital while Ali’s body is kept at SCS Hospital. Singh said the remaining reports are expected to be out within a week and relatives of the victims will be intimated as the reports are out.

Valuables with AI

Singh said valuables recovered from the spot have been handed over to Air India authorities.  The gold has been measured and value has been assessed.

Handing over the belongings to the relatives will be done by the Air India. He said the airlines will open an office at Lalbagh. The gold will be handed over to relatives after getting the baggage details from Dubai.

Horrendous crime

Denying a report which had appeared in the section of media that police took away gold ornaments from the dead according to eyewitness, Singh said such an incident could not have taken place because the police ensured that no theft took place.

He said assuming the worst, in case any official has done such a horrendous crime, then such an officer is not fit to be in the department. “Action will be taken against such officials if specific complaints are filed,” Singh said. A condolence meet has been scheduled for Thursday to pray for the departed souls at Mangalore Airport at 10 am.

Acharya meets Guv

Home Minister V S Acharya called on Governor H R Bhardwaj on Wednesday to update him on the relief measures taken by the State following the Mangalore air crash and also on the law and order situation in the State, reports DHNS from Bangalore.  Acharya, replying to a query, said the meeting was routine one and the notice served to the Reddys of Bellary was not discussed.

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