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Lab to check cloth pieces on submarine for inflammatory material

Mohamed Thaver , Hindustan Times  Mumbai, August 20, 2013
First Published: 09:26 IST(20/8/2013) | Last Updated: 09:31 IST(20/8/2013)

To quell doubts about the possibility of sabotage in the explosion at the INS Sindhurakshak, the Kalina Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) has been sent a samples of burnt cloth found on the submarine to check if they had any inflammatory material.

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The test is done in case of fire to ascertain whether it was an act of arson.

“We will conduct chemical tests on some of the samples to check if they have traces of explosive material,” said an official from Kalina FSL, requesting anonymity.

The laboratory also plans to conduct DNA tests to identify the bodies found on the submarine.

The FSL has received five samples from the bodies extricated from the submarine so far and 23 blood samples from the family members of those present on the submarine when the explosion took place.

The FSL has got five viscera samples.

“We will conduct tests on the viscera to check if there was any poisonous substance in their bodies,” an official said.

A senior official said that the testing is expected to be complete within two weeks.

The FSL normally takes at least a month to send the DNA test report while viscera reports are known to take up to a year.

“Since this is a sensitive matter, we will try to send the report in two weeks. We were also working on it on Sunday,” an official said.

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