Panderwada graves: CBI to give report today
11 skeletons found from Panderwada mass graves match with 2002 Gujarat riot victims.india Updated: Dec 06, 2006 15:10 IST
The CBI report of DNA tests conducted on the skeletal remains of 20 post-Godhra riot victims of Panderwada town in Panchmahals district is likely to be tabled in Gujarat High Court on Wednesday.
The report is likely to be tabled by the CBI counsel in the court, KS Javeri.
The DNA report, prepared by an independent laboratory in Hyderabad had confirmed prima facie in May this year that the "blood samples of the relatives of victims matched with the several skeletal remains that was exhumed from a mass grave site in Panderwada in December 2005".
`Citizens for justice and peace', a Mumbai based NGO that helped some of the relatives of Panderwada massacre victims file petitions in the Gujarat High Court for custody sought the report to be made public as the Gujarat government did not do so.
"The report should be made public. The Gujarat government had the report since October and they did not make it public", Teesta Setalvad of the NGO saidin Gujaraton Wednesday.
The Gujarat police gave details of the report in May this year which stated that "one of the 21 bodies killed in Panderwada massacre was handed over the relative after identification while 20 others were buried after completing necessary legal procedures".
The Panderwada massacre is one of the worst of the post-Godhra riot incidents in which 21 persons fleeing from armed mobs were allegedly cornered in forests of Panchmahal and hacked to death.