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Odisha Train Tragedy: AIIMS Bhubaneshwar Hands Over 13 More Bodies To Kin, 62 Remain Unidentified

The train tragedy in Odisha took the lives of nearly 300 people and the family members of the victims are still collecting bodies after DNA results. Reportedly there are 62 more bodies preserved in AIIMS Bhubaneshwar which are yet to be identified and taken by kin.

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Odisha Train Tragedy: AIIMS Bhubaneshwar Hands Over 13 More Bodies To Kin, 62 Remain Unidentified
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At least 13 more bodies of the June 2 Balasore train accident kept at AIIMS Bhubaneswar were handed over to their family members, official sources said.

Of the 29 bodies identified using DNA sampling, six were handed over to their families on Friday and 13 on Saturday, a railway official said.

"On the basis of DNA test results and with coordination with AIIMS Bhubaneswar, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and GRP, 13 bodies of the Bahanaga train accident victims have been handed over to the kin of the deceased on Saturday," the railway official said.

Of the 13 bodies, four have been sent to Bihar, eight to West Bengal and one to Jharkhand, he said.

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An ex-gratia amount of Rs 10 lakh each have been paid to the kin of the family members as announced by the railways, the official said.

Stating that the process of handing over of the bodies will continue till claimants come, the official said as many as 62 bodies still remain unidentified and preserved in the containers in AIIMS, Bhubaneswar.

Of the 293 people killed in the accident involving Shalimar-Chennai Coromandel Express, Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express and a stationary goods train, 287 had died on the spot or brought dead to hospital while six succumbed to injuries in hospitals.

The accident took place near Bahanaga Bazar station in Balasore district on June 2 evening.

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