Bhubaneswar, Oct 11: All the 28 unidentified and unclaimed bodies of Bahanaga Train Tragedy preserved in AIIMS Bhubaneswar were cremated at a crematorium in Bharatpur on the outskirts of Odisha capital on Tuesday.
The cremation work was carried out by the Bhubaneswar Minicipal Corporation (BMC) in the presence of East Coast Railway (ECoR) and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officials.
The National Institute received 162 dead bodies in two phases. 81 bodies were handed over to their family and relatives in first phase. But, due to multiple claimants and few other issues DNA samples of bodies as well as claimants were sent to New Delhi for matching.
In the second phase body handing over process, 28 bodies were preserved at AIIMS.
The AIIMS began legal procedures for cremation of the unclaimed bodies today whereas a team of the BMC deported 6 bodies in the first phase to the Satyanagar cremation ground on special hearse vans, said sources.
Earlier on Sunday, the BMC had issued an SOP regarding the disposal of the 28 unidentified bodies, recovered from the triple–train spot at Bahanaga in Odisha’s Balasore district.
Worth mentioning, the tragic triple-train accident on June 2 had claimed 290 lives.