The bodies of those killed in the Panna bus accident have been charred so much beyond recognition that the kin will have to undergo a DNA test and wait for at least two weeks before they can claim the bodies.
Sources said about 18 families reached the mortuary in Panna on Tuesday, where an autopsy of the dead was carried out. They said after the autopsy, none of the families could identify the bodies.
The incident had occurred at Madla Ghati near Pandav falls of Panna on the National Highway-75 on Monday. The bus was going to Satna from Chhatarpur.
The bus driver had lost control over the bus after it hit a pothole and it skidded and fell into a ditch.
The bus caught fire and 21 were burnt to death, while 13 passengers sustained burns.
Chief medical officer of Panna district LK Tiwari said the DNA samples of all the bodies had been collected and the samples of those, who had come to claim the bodies, were also being taken.
"We will send the samples to Hyderabad and the bodies will be handed over to the kin only after matching their samples, because the bodies have been charred so much that it is difficult to establish the identities," he said.
Meanwhile, the police registered a case against the bus driver Shamshudin, a resident of Satna Town on Tuesday.
Transport minister Bhupendra Singh and transport commissioner Shailendra Shrivastava visited the accident spot and suspended regional transport officer Satna Aniruddha Singh.
The police headquarters has sought a report from the Panna district police regarding the accident.
Police said while the driver had claimed that the handle got locked and he couldn't steer the vehicle, the eyewitnesses had said that the driver lost control over the vehicle as he tried to overtake another bus on the road.