Ludhiana man’s body in mortuary for 2 yrs, DNA report awaited

The Hush Post|09: 55 am| 2-min-read
Two years after his brother’s death in a cylinder blast in the UAE, a Ludhiana resident is still waiting to cremate his mortal remains. Ludhiana resident Dalbir Singh’s brother Jaswinder Singh’s body has been lying in a mortuary in Delhi.
The reason: The family has not received a DNA report from the UAE. The family is in a dilemma whether or not to cremate the charred body.

What had happened?

The family got a phone call in November 2015 from one Hardeep Mohd that Jaswinder Singh had died in a gas cylinder blast. Alongwith him, three other Indians had died at their temporary accommodation on November 27, 2015. The caller said the his body “has turned into mud”.
Jaswinder Singh used to work at a crusher in Ummul Farjan, 50 km from Al-Kharj province. The mortal remains, brought in February 2017, have been lying at the IGI airport since then.
DNA samples of the families of all four victims were taken before the bodies were flown in. But a team from India visiting the province later found certain discrepancies, including the date of occurrence, a news report said.

Family at court’s door

The family took the matter to the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The court ordered the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to procure DNA report from UAE. But the directions were not complied with, forcing the family to move the High Court again. Contempt proceedings were initiated against Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and another respondent.
“Let notice be issued to show cause as to why proceedings for contempt be not initiated,” the court said while taking up Dalbir Singh’s plea.

Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain said a notice was issued in March 2017, but the matter was adjourned. Setting a three-month deadline in April for providing the DNA report, Justice Jain had said the respondent was duty-bound to get it from the UAE authorities. The next date of hearing in the case is in January.

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