A court ordered a DNA test on the body of alleged Mathura violence mastermind Ram Vriksh Yadav on Thursday after questions were raised over the identification of the sect chief.
The court of the ninth additional sessions judge in Mathura observed that no family member or associate of Yadav identified his body and asked the police to get a DNA test through preserved samples.
The judge also ordered the chief medical officer to assist the police so that the identification of the body could be established by law.
Yadav died after his hut caught fire in the rioting that followed a police anti-encroachment drive against members of his cult in Mathura’s Jawahar Bagh, police said. He was identified among the 11-odd charred bodies in the park, where the rioting killed 29 people.
In court, police presented a one-page identification statement of Yadav’s body by Harnath Singh, who is currently in jail over the Mathura violence.
The court said the post-mortem of the unidentified body was performed three days after the death. The sessions judge said Jawahar Bagh was close to the offices of local administration and police, who spoke to Yadav before his death and would be able to identify him.
The judge further observed some close associates of Yadav managed to leave Jawahar Bagh along with their families despite the presence of hundreds of police officers.
The court said the identification of a burnt body could lead to false conclusions even in cases where it is performed by family members.
As tooth and scalp samples of the deceased were preserved, a DNA test could easily be performed, the judge said.
In its order, the court directed station officer, highway police, to obtain the samples from the district hospital for the purpose of conducting the DNA test.
The judge asked the samples be sent to a forensic lab along with those collected from a close relative of Yadav to firmly establish the identity of the deceased.