Doctors from the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), Hubli, have completed the task of collecting samples from the seven charred bodies — victims of Thursday’s bus tragedy near Haveri — and blood samples of their relatives on Friday.

A team of doctors, led by Professor and in-charge of Forensic Medicine Department of KIMS, Gajanan Naik, and comprising Associate Professor Sunil Biradar and postgraduate students Madhusudhan and Ravindra, started post-mortem at 2 p.m. on Thursday and concluded it at around 11 p.m.

On Friday, they collected blood samples of the close relatives of the victims when they came to claim the bodies. Among the seven killed, five, including three children, belonged to the same family.

Dr. Naik told The Hindu that they had completed the process of collecting samples from the charred bodies for DNA test.

He said, “We have collected samples of muscle, sternum (breastbone) and end of femur (thigh bone) required for DNA profiling.

“These samples, together with the blood samples of the close relatives of the victims, are being sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory in Bangalore for DNA cross-matching,” he said.

He said that the test results may probably take a week’s time to come. Dr. Naik said that post-mortem revealed that there was a woman among the victims.

The doctors have taken X-ray of available joints of the charred bodies for ascertaining the age of the victims.

Dr. Naik said that they would send samples to Belgaum for spectroscopy to help ascertain the exact cause of death.

Till the results come out, the mortal remains will be kept at the cold storage unit of the KIMS mortuary. They will be handed over to the relatives only after the results come, Dr. Naik said.

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