Himansu Shekhar Rout

With confusion prevailing over the identity of the third victim of the AC compressor blast at Hi-Tech Medical, who claimed himself to be Dilip Samantray and succumbed on Saturday, the police said that the body of the third victim would be handed over to family members after confirming the identity through a DNA test.

The third person who died today was one of the critically injured persons in the AC compressor explosion at the Hi-Tech Medical College and Hospital. 

Speaking to the media, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP) Prakash Pal, who is investigating the alleged mix-up of identities of the victims, said that the body of the third person would not be handed over to the family now.”The body will be given to his family after the DNA report is available. The body has been sent to AIIMS, Bhubaneswar, for post mortem while the sample for his DNA profiling will be sent to New Delhi. The body will be preserved at AIIMS” he added.

“The DNA profiling of both Jyoti alias Dilip will be done. It will take at least seven days for the DNA report to come. After the report, the body will be handed over to the concerned family,” Pal said, adding that two complaints have been received from his parents and AC Mechanics’ Association in this regard.  

Earlier, the hospital authorities announced Dilip dead and handed over the body to the family members, who performed the last rites. Following the news of Dilip’s death, his wife reportedly committed suicide. 

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On Friday, the incident took a new twist when another injured person, believed to be Jyoti Ranjan Mallick, claimed that he was Dilip. He also succumbed today. 

Meanwhile, the parents of Dilip Samantray have filed complaints against the authorities of the Hi-Tech medical and the IIC of Mancheswar Police Station before the ADCP.

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