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Delhi hotel fire: DNA profiling to be done of unidentified body

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

An unidentified and badly-charred body, recovered from in central where a blaze claimed 17 lives on Tuesday, would be subjected to amid a by the family members of hotel staff Lal Chand, who remained untraced after the tragic incident, officials said on Wednesday.

The family members of described him as a heavily-built man. They were in a state of shock when asked to identify the body at the (RML) hospital as it was beyond recognition.

"At least five members of our family went to identify the body, but it was charred to such an extent that we could not identify it. He was a heavyweight man. Hardly anything is left (of the body), only the skeleton. The body has compressed. How can we claim the body when we are not sure?," asked Kamlesh, a relative of

Since the body is charred beyond recognition, officials are now opting for to ascertain if it is that of

The at the said the tissues had been preserved and the blood samples of Chand's relatives would be taken, adding that the would take a couple of days since it also involved the role of the

Chand's family has been running from pillar to post to trace him. His elder brother, Tulsi Ram, along with Chand's son and other members of the family, visited at least five hospitals since Tuesday morning.

The family also went to the station at around 10 am on Wednesday to check if the officials had any details about him.

was on his way to college on Tuesday, when he saw a huge crowd and a heavy police deployment near the hotel, where his father worked as a for close to 25 years.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, February 14 2019. 00:30 IST
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