Police on Tuesday exhumed the body of the victim of the alleged fake encounter in Poonch district and took samples for DNA test to ascertain his identity.
After approval of the district administration, the body of the August 7 encounter victim was dug out in Surankote belt of Poonch district in presence of Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Yougal Manhas, Magistrate (Tehsildar) Nisar Ahmed Khan and other officials on Tuesday afternoon, police said.
After exhuming the body, samples were taken by a team of doctors on the spot and later the body was buried again in the grave yard in Surankote, they said.
The samples will be sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory in Hyderabad for DNA tests to ascertain the identity of the victim, they said.
Fresh samples have been taken as the earlier ones were rejected by Hyderabad FSL.
Earlier, the samples were collected from the body as well as from the three members of two families who claimed that the person killed in the fake encounter was their relative.
They were sent to Chandigarh-based FSL but it did not carry out the DNA test due to shortage of staff.
Hyderabad FSL has asked us to collect the fresh samples for DNA under a specific format, police said, adding it is accordingly being done.
A team of doctors in Surankote have taken blood samples of Mohammad Isaq and her daughter of Thanamandi area of Rajouri district and that of Mohammad Din of Jaganu area of Udhampur district, who claimed to be the victim's relatives.