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Kannauj road accident: DNA test to identify bodies; death toll reaches 21


Kannauj road accident: DNA test to identify bodies; death toll reaches 21

Last Updated on : 11 Jan,2020 | Source : Universal News Timeline

The horrific road accident in Uttar Pradesh's Kannauj district that took away over 21 lives as victims were charred to death will require forensic analysis to identify not just the victim bodies, but also the number of the dead. The police will be conducting DNA tests for the identification of bodies. 

"The bodies were so badly burnt, their bones scattered that it was difficult to tell the exact number of the deaths. And the identities will also be known after the DNA tests," Kanpur Inspector General of Police (IG) Mohit Aggarwal.
Police said that 25 passengers were rescued from the burning bus, who were receiving treatment at local hospitals. Aggarwal said that more than 20 people were feared dead in the accident.
The sleeper bus, from Farukhabad, was headed to Jaipur via Gursahaiganj in Kannauj district of Uttar Pradesh, collided with a truck on the GT Road. The accident was so severe that the oil tank of the truck exploded, setting both vehicles on fire.

District Magistrate Ravindra Kumar said that there were nearly 43 passengers on the bus.

However, some eye-witnesses said that there were more passengers on the bus. They said that some youths from the nearby village tried to rescue people, but were pushed back by the menacing flames.

State's Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath condoled the deaths and sought a detailed report from the District Magistrate of Kannauj.
The Chief Minister announced a relief of Rs two lakh each to the families of the dead and Rs 50,000 each to the injured.

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