Of the 61 people who died in the Dockyard Road building collapse, one is yet to be identified.
Dr S S Chauhan from J J Hospital’s forensic department on Tuesday said in the absence of concrete identification, DNA analysis would be conducted on the body. So far, postmortem have been conducted on two bodies. While one body was later identified, the second is yet to be identified.
“Since the cause of death of all the victims of the building collapse was established as suffocation with multiple injuries, there was no need to conduct postmortem examination. However, with two bodies unidentified for long, conducting postmortem became necessary,” Chauhan said.
Hospital authorities said the postmortem indicated that the body was of a Muslim male, who was in his early forties. Dr S D Nanandkar, head of the hospital’s forensic department, said, “Since the body has decomposed, it is difficult to identify the features.”
With nobody coming forward to report about missing family members or relatives, the doctors had initially considered the possibility of the victim being a stranger, who was passing by the building when it collapsed. However, on Tuesday, a family visited the hospital and claimed to be the deceased’s relatives.
Hospital dean Dr T P Lahane said the family had been directed to the police. “It is the police’s job to identify the deceased. We have preserved the body,” he added.
Kisan Pathak, a security official of the hospital, said all the body identification procedures were conducted with the help of relatives. “We had asked relatives to identify their family members. Once identified, we named the deceased. However, on several occasions, one body was claimed by two families. Since bodies have decomposed, it is difficult to ascertain their identities and many bodies have disputed identities,” he added.
The police have secured the clothes of the unidentified body to get some lead into his identity.