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Jun 21, 2007 at 09:08am IST

Gujarat grave bodies identified

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has found that DNA samples taken from skeletal remains found in a mass grave in Lunawada town match with that of relatives of people who disappeared during the 2002 Gujarat riots.

Sources told CNN-IBN that out of the 21 skeletal remains, 11 DNA samples match with relatives of missing people in Lunawada in Panchmahal district. Ten dead remain unidentified.

The CBI has submitted a report before the Gujarat High Court. Pandarwada was the site a massacre during riots on March 8 2002. The mass grave in Lunawada was found on December 27 2005.

The High Court then asked the CBI to carry out DNA tests on the skeletal remains and match them with relatives of people reported missing after the massacre.

Survivors and Citizens for Justice and Peace have alleged that despite numerous applications, bodies have not been given to them.