It is not known when the body of P.G. Jomon, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) jawan who was killed after an M-17 V5 Indian Air Force helicopter carrying crew members and civilians crashed near Gaurikund in flood-hit Uttarakhand on Tuesday, will reach his house at Cherthala.

ITBP Nooranad unit camp officer K.P.R. Nair told The Hindu that he was taking the sample for DNA test on the bodies recovered from the crash site. “The blood sample will be taken on Thursday and the sample sent to Hyderabad for testing by flight on Friday. Only after confirming the DNA test can the body be identified and brought back home,” he said.

The ITBP had lost six of its personnel in the crash.

Jomon, 26, was the only son of Georgekutty and Joli George of Pottechira in ward nine of Chennam in Pallippuram, near Cherthala. He had joined the ITBP on September 3, 2010, as a constable. Jomon had visited his house two months ago and spent 40 days with his family.