DNA profiling of soldiers may begin this year
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Last Updated: Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 17:40
New Delhi: Armed forces are likely to begin the DNA profiling of their soldiers this year -- a move that will help recognise bodies mutilated beyond recognition during an attack or mishap.

Officials said the profiling centre and data bank, being set up at the Department of Forensic Medicine in the Armed Forces Medical College in Pune, will be made functional from next month.

"The DNA data will help to identify the dead bodies and will also ensure that all bodies get respectful disposal. This facility is ready to be functional from February," Director General, Armed Forces Medical Services, Lt Gen HL Kakaria said.

Explaining the need for DNA profiling, he said, "Soldiers, sailors and air warriors are often lost in a disaster, accident or other unfortunate event. Establishing the identity of the servicemen from mortal remains recovered from such situations is critical to establishing death of individual and providing welfare to the next of kin."

The profiling centre will collect blood samples of the troops who are involved in hazardous tasks, including fighting militancy, and store them in a DNA data bank.

"The DNA profiling centre is being established to help in identification of bodies mutilated beyond recognition. We will start with a pilot project in Pune wherein it will be tried on the locals. Once successful, we will take it to forward areas and then to the rest of the country," Lt Gen Mandeep Singh, Director General Hospital Services of the Armed Forces said.

The facility will be inaugurated by Lt Gen Kakaria during the 50th Annual Armed Forces Medical Research Conference to be held next month.


First Published: Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 17:40

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