Six unidentified DNA samples found on Kuber

The forensic analysis of the fishing trawler MV Kuber,used by the Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists to reach Mumbai for the 26/11 attacks....

Written by Smita Nair | Mumbai | Published: February 11, 2009 12:20:09 pm

The forensic analysis of the fishing trawler MV Kuber,used by the Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists to reach Mumbai for the 26/11 attacks,has thrown up six DNA samples that do not match the DNA profiles of the 10 gunmen or the Indian skipper of the vessel who was found killed.

Investigators said they are now trying to establish if the samples included those of the four Indian fishermen who were said to be on the boat earlier and are also believed to have been killed,and other Lashkar operatives who were on the Pakistani vessel Al Hussaini,which was allegedly used to transport the 10 men from Karachi before they were transferred to the Kuber on the high seas.

The six unidentified DNA samples are the latest to perplex investigators probing the carnage. Initially,they were left wondering at the discovery of 15 winter jackets and 16 blankets on board the Kuber even though they could account only for 10 terrorists besides Solanki,sources had told The Indian Express.

However,officials had denied there were more than 10 jackets or blankets,adding that only 10 terrorists and Solanki had sailed to Mumbai and that this had also been confirmed by Kasab’s interrogation.

The Mumbai-based investigators do not have DNA profiles of the four Indian fishermen who accompanied skipper Amarsinh Solanki on November 13 and are waiting for the Maharashtra Government to approach its Gujarat counterpart to get access to the parents or siblings of the four men to match their profiles.

The DNA samples were found in the sweat and other physical stains left on the jackets,blankets,shawls,trousers and shirts found on the Kuber,one source said. They were matched with the DNA profiles of Kasab,Solanki and the nine terrorists killed during the attacks by Mumbai’s Kalina Forensic Lab,using a ‘rapid protocol’ indexing technology which is still under research and is yet to be patented.

Customs records show the Kuber sailed with Solanki and four other men from Una in Gujarat on November 13. The other men were were Dhiru Arjun from Una,Balwant Prabhu and Natu Nanu from Navsari and Ramesh Nagaji from Junagadh.

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