Mangalore May 26: Commissioner of Police Seemanth Kumar has informed the media that the DNA results of 10 plane crash victims are ready. Five of these victims are from Karnataka, 3 are from Kerala, and the other 2 are members of the crew.
The identified bodies of the plane crash victims of Karnataka are:
1. Aaron Joel Fernandes of Cascia, Jeppu, Mangalore – K. S. Hegde Hospital
2. Moulana Altaf Ahmed of Gangolli, Udupi – Fr. Muller Hospital
3. Mahendra Ramesh Kodikani of Dandeli – Colaco Hospital
4. Naveed Ibrahim Siraj of Vadabhandeshwara, Malpe – KMC Hospital Attavar
5. Muhammed Zaid – K. S. Hegde Hospital
The identified bodies of the plane crash victims of Kerala are:
1. Riju John, Kasargod – City Hospital
2. Umesh Vijayan Kilooru of Kalanadu – SCS Hospital
3. Muhammed Bashir of Bappaitotti, Uppala – City Hospital
The two members of the crew identified are:
1. Yugantar Rana of West Bengal – Fr. Muller Hospital
2. Muhammed Ali of Madhya Pradesh – SCS Hospital
During a press conference held on May 26, Wednesday, the commissioner said that the family members of the identified plane crash victims have already been intimated regarding the successful identification of the bodies. The ACP called up the families personally. The police have requested only the family members of the victims to claim the bodies from the hospitals. The other 12 bodies will be identified soon, he said.
In response to a query regarding handing over the belongings of the plane crash victims to their families, the commissioner said that a list of the belongings has already been submitted to Air India, which will soon open a counter at its office in Lalbagh. Family members of the air crash victims can collect their loved ones’ belongings from the AI office. The belongings have already been assessed and AI is getting details of baggage from Dubai, he informed.
Denying allegations that rescue workers who had rushed to the site of the crash have taken away valuables from the victims, he said that these are rumours that ought not to be taken seriously. Retrieving bodies was the priority of the moment; and the police were unable to look after issues related to belongings at that moment. He assured that the police have not come across any such complaint so far.
The site of the plane crash will remain under the control of the Bajpe police till the successful completion of enquiry, inspection, and investigation, he informed.
In response to a query regarding fake passports, the commissioner said that no complaints have been lodged regarding fake travel documents. Even if fake documentation cases are reported, they come under a different category and will be investigated separately, he said.