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Missing persons: Bones recovered,sent for forensic tests,DNA profiling later

The police earlier believed that the missing persons may have taken shelter at any of the relief camps and would return home soon.

After failing to trace any of the 11 persons missing since the Muzaffarnagar riots,the special investigation cell (SIC) will now go for DNA profiling of bones recovered from Lisad village in Fugana police station a few days ago.

As of now,the SIC,set up to investigate the riot cases,is awaiting the forensic test reports of the bones to ascertain if the recovered bones are of human beings and if their DNA profiling was possible.

The police earlier believed that the missing persons may have taken shelter at any of the relief camps and would return home soon.

After getting no information about them so far,they registered FIRs on charges of murder against unidentified assailants at Fugana police station.

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In the FIRs,families of the missing persons alleged that the assailants had set them on fire after killing,said Inspector of Fugana police station,KP Sharma.

The investigation into the murder charges were handed over to the SIC.

Additional SP Manoj Kumar Jha,attached with the SIC,said several days after the investigation began they recovered human bones lying in the ashes in an open field in Lisad village. The bones were collected by the forensic team.

A few weeks later,a local resident of Lisad village informed about bones lying in the courtyard of his house. The man had returned home from a relief camp where he had taken shelter after the riots broke out and found the bones in a pile of ashes. The police collected the bones and ashes from the spot and sent it for forensic test.

Jha said the bones are less in number but it would help in investigating into the allegations of the families that persons missing had been killed and their bodies set on fire.

He also said that all the missing persons are above 65 years. The families of the victims have claimed that they could not escape after the rioters attacked their houses.