KARACHI - Identifying remains of people burnt to death in Kathore Link Road accident that claimed 67 lives still lingers on due to lack of DNA testing at provincial level, The Nation has learnt on Monday.

The deadly accident investigations seems to be at a standstill as cross matching DNA samples are still in process while the drivers of the oil tanker and the bus are still at large. Unidentified bodies of victims still lie at the morgue as the Sindh Government has yet to establish its own lab for DNA testing. Currently they are depending upon the National Forensic Science Agency of the National Police Bureau in Islamabad. The doctors at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre have collected 48 samples of the relatives of the victims of the bus tragedy for DNA matching,” JPMC’s joint executive director Dr Seemin Jamali said adding that samples have been handed over to the police. It is worth mentioning here that numbers of Baldia Town factory fire victims were buried without DNA tests due to the same reason.

Police officials have moved a letter to the National Forensic Science Agency of the National Police Bureau, Islamabad for evidence of receiving unit and DNA tests. Police investigators said that DNA testing would be completed in two weeks and all kind of initiatives ahead of the testing has been taken by the police.

An FIR No 4/15 under Sections 319, 320, 322, 279 and 337-G/34 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) was registered at Memon Goth police station on behalf of police’s sub-inspector Azizullah Chandio. The police have placed sections of killings by mistake, injuries, over speed and negligence.  

District Malir SSP Rao Anwar said that it has been cleared that the bus’s driver remained safe in the accident and managed to escape after the deadly attack. We have traced his identity and trying to arrest him and the bus owner too.” SSP Anwar said that the police named bus’s driver in the FIR due to over-speeding and also named the owner as the owner placed the extra seats on the emergency gate of the bus for more income, adding that the police also conducted raids in parts of city to arrests of the owners and the drivers. It’s worth mentioning here that large number of relatives of the victims of the deadly accident are gathered outside the Edhi morgue and are awaiting DNA test reports so that they could take their bodies for the burial process. Some of them also seemed angry and decided not to leave the city without bodies.