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They are waiting for a death certificate and 9 months have passed | India News


The search for Subhan Ali, a 27-year-old Border Roads Organization officer stationed in Kargil, grew longer. The Indian Engineering Services (IES) officer is believed to have fallen into the Dras River in June last year, a month before getting married. Although the body of its driver was found, his was never found. Now, fifteen days after Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said DNA tests to confirm his identity are “on the queue,” his family says they are trapped in limbo: they have been told “informally” that the samples DNA do not match, but they must obtain a death certificate, they would have to wait more than six years. And their salary quotas remain stagnant.
“He was getting married in July. We were busy getting ready. In fact, the wedding date had to be changed twice. He and I run an IAS coaching center for several years. He entered IIT (Delhi) and left it. After that, he got a job with the DDA in Delhi in 2018 and the following year he passed the IES exam, ”his brother Sahban told TOI.
After clearing the IES, Ali was assigned as an assistant engineer with the 81st RCC, General Reserve Engineering Force (GREF), and was on duty when his car was in an accident on June 22. “Army officers and Kargil had deployed bulldozers, a team of divers, combat engineers and specialist military drivers who used heavy duty cranes to locate the vehicle. Then helicopters were dispatched. But the body could not be found in the river Dras, which flows rapidly, ”an Army official told TOI.
Five days later, Pakistan alerted India that an unidentified body had been found near its side of the LoC. Kargil’s Indian authorities met with their counterparts in Pakistan and collected DNA samples from the body, to be compared with Ali’s parents. In October samples were taken from his father, a tailor in Balrampur in Uttar Pradesh, and his mother.
After months of no progress, Amroha MP Danish Ali wrote to the Defense Ministry about the delay. In response, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh wrote on February 11: “DNA samples (from the body in Pakistan) were received by Kargil police in Tangdhar on August 22, 2020. DNA samples were also collected from his parents in October 2020. “DNA match analysis learned at FSL (Forensic Science Laboratory) in Chandigarh is on the queue and it may take 3-6 months before the report is finalized.”
His family said they had been told unofficially that the samples did not match. “The Kargil administration has informally told us that the DNA samples did not match, but calls to their superiors at BRO did not get much response. We have spent Rs 2-3 lakh on travel and search operations. I hope we have a respectful final closure, ”Sahban said.
Article 108 of the Indian Evidence Act of 1872 stipulates a period of seven years during which a person must be missing before he is presumed dead: “[Provided that when] The question is whether a man is alive or dead, and it is proven that he has not been heard of for seven years by those who would naturally have heard of him had he been alive, the burden of proving that he is alive is [shifted to] the person who affirms it “.
In a letter addressed to Kargil’s administration on February 12, a copy of which is in TOI, Sahban requested assistance in obtaining a death certificate for his brother. “Please send us (with) … the death certificate required by the GREF (BRO) for (financial) assistance, as there is sufficient proof that my brother Subhan Ali was in the … Gypsy (who fell in Dras). Kindly help us. We will not be able to survive the pain, ”he wrote.
A Kargil police officer said: “We are doing everything possible to help the family with the search and the procedure for collecting their fees.” However, he added, the case could not be closed so soon due to waiting seven years before a missing person can be declared “legally” dead.

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