DNA tests will be conducted on four unidentified bodies of the nine passengers who died in Wednesday’s Dehradun Express fire in Thane, near the Maharashtra-Gujarat border, an official said here Thursday.
“Their bodies have been burnt beyond recognition and hence it has been decided to conduct DNA tests,” a Western Railway spokesperson told IANS.
The victims are believed to have been travelling in S-2 and S-3 coaches, which along with S-4 caught fire around 2.35 a.m. early Wednesday near Gholvad, around 145 km north of Mumbai.
Nine passengers, including a woman, were killed when a fire engulfed the three sleeper coaches of the speeding Mumbai Bandra Terminus-Dehradun Express.
The fire which ravaged three sleeper coaches of the train caught the sleeping passengers unawares. It was first noticed by Jawahar Singh, a level-crossing gateman who alerted the Gholvad station master.
The Commissioner of Railway Safety will conduct an inquiry.
Five of the nine, who succumbed to asphyxiation, were identified as: Deepika Shah, 65; Dev Shankar Upadhyay, 48; Surendra Shah, 68; Nasirkhan Ahmedkhan Pathan, 50, and Feroz Khan, 38.