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4 bodies identified at RML, HC allows hospitals to dispose of unclaimed bodies

4 bodies identified at RML, HC allows hospitals to dispose of unclaimed bodies

New Delhi: Four persons whose bodies were found at Shiv Vihar's drain have been identified by the families. Out of them, three belonged to Shakti Vihar area, while one was from Shiv Vihar.

The four bodies found on February 27 were identified by the families on March 9. The death toll, meanwhile, has reached 53, where more than 300 are said to be injured.

On the other hand, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday allowed hospitals in the Capital to dispose of unidentified bodies recovered in the recent communal violence. The court had earlier directed government hospitals in Delhi not to dispose of unclaimed bodies till further orders and had asked them to videography the post-mortems, also directing that DNA samples from the bodies be preserved.

The order came after a writ petition was filed about a person's disappearance from Mustafabad. His body was later recovered from a drain in Bhagirathi Vihar.

A Bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rajneesh Bhattnagar said the authorities should call people who have made complaints about the disappearance of their relatives to identify the bodies.

On the other hand, families are still trying to find the missing persons who have not returned home since the violence broke out.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Minorities Commission on Wednesday said it has constituted a 10-member fact-finding committee to probe the violence that erupted in some areas of north-east Delhi.

The committee, comprising advocates and activists, has been asked to probe the causes of the violence, persons responsible, lists of victims and assessment of the quantum of damage to properties, the role of police, administration and other related issues, DMC said in a statement.

"The committee has been asked to present its report within four weeks," the DMC said. The body held its first meeting at the DMC office on Monday and started its work on Wednesday. The fact-finding committee includes M R Shamshad, advocate-on-record, Supreme Court, as chairperson and nine members.

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