HARSHAD THAKKAR, the chairman of Ashapura Intimates Fashion Limited, missing since October 2, continues to elude the Mumbai Police after the first round of DNA test conducted on an unidentified body found did not match his family members.
Days after Thakkar went missing after leaving a note apologising to his investors regarding suffering financial losses, a body was found at Marine Drive, leading to suspicion that it could be that of Thakkar.
“We had sent DNA samples of Thakkar’s mother to check if it matched with samples taken from the decomposed body found on Marine Drive. The forensic science laboratory (FSL) has, however, informed us that the DNA has not matched,” a senior officer said. The officer added that the FSL has now asked the police to provide the samples of Thakkar’s male family member.
“There are different procedures to check DNA from males and females. To be sure, at times we carry out both tests,” said an FSL official, adding that getting a DNA match from a decomposed body is a challenge.
Meanwhile, the Dadar police station, where a missing persons complaint has been registered, said that so far, it has not got any strong leads about Thakkar whereabouts. “We have gone through the footage of several CCTV cameras and questioned many people but have not got any clue. The fact that he had left behind his cellphone and wallet has made it all the more difficult for us to track him down,” said an officer.
While Thakkar had gone missing on October 2, a missing person complaint was registered on October 8.