Tangerang prison fire: Police finish identification of victims

Tangerang prison fire: Police finish identification of victims

Officials hand over the body of a prison fire victim to his family at Kramat Jati Police Hospital in Jakarta on Tuesday (September 14, 2021). (ANTARA/Yogi Rachman)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesian Police's Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) team has officially concluded the identification of victims killed in the fire that broke out at the Tangerang Class I Penitentiary on September 8, 2021, officials said.

The operation was ended as all victims' bodies have been identified by the DVI team, Head of the National Police's Public information Bureau of the Public Relations Division Brigadier General Rusdi Hartono informed.

"We have successfully identified all 41 bodies of victims killed in the Tangerang Class I Prison fire. Therefore, I declare the identification operation concluded," he stated at a press conference at Kramat Jati Police Hospital in East Jakarta on Wednesday.

The DVI team spent a total of eight days in identifying the 41 bodies of victims killed in the prison fire, he said. The identification process for all bodies took place at the Kramat Jati Police Hospital, he said.

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"The DVI team has worked round the clock for the last eight days. We are very thankful all victims have been finally identified, as the identification would bring certainty to the bereaved families," Hartono remarked.

At the press conference, Hartono confirmed 14 more victims were identified on Wednesday afternoon.

Earlier, Deputy Minister of Law and Human Rights, Edward Omar Sharif Hiariej, had informed that at least 25 victims had been identified as of Wednesday noon.

Despite identifying two more victims — Bambang Guntara Wibisana and a Nigerian, Samuel Macado Nhavene — the DVI team is still awaiting more supporting data before officially confirming their identity, Hartono informed.

"The DVI team has identified the bodies of Bambang Guntara and Samuel Nhavene by their physical features, but the team needs additional data before officially affirming their identity," he added.

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