September 27, 2016 2:56:15 am
Two more bodies have been found in Savitri river in Mahad nearly a month after a bridge had collapsed. The bodies of two unidentified individuals were found in Bankot, Ratnagiri, by local villagers. “The bodies were completely decomposed and so disfigured that they could not be identified,” said Dr Bhaskar Jagtap, Medical Superintendent, Mahad Rural Hospital.
The discovery however, has raised hopes of 12 families who are still waiting for the remains of their relatives. “We have taken DNA samples from one member of each of the 12 families and have sent the samples for testing to Kalina Forensic Science Laboratory. If the samples do not match, it means that the bodies do not belong to passengers of the vehicles,” said Sushma Satpute, Sub-Divisional Officer, Mahad.
For nearly a month, after the near century-old bridge had collapsed on August 2 in which 28 people were killed, the Mahad tehsildar’s office had undertaken its own search for the bodies of the missing passengers. They called off the search after the buses and a car were removed from the riverbed. “We were hopeful about finding passengers inside the vehicles. After the recovery, we requested the villagers living along the banks to keep a watch for any floating body,” Satpute said.
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