The Forensic unit with the national referral hospital (JDWNRH) and Royal Bhutan Police are waiting for the approval from the concerned authorities to send five samples collected from the red Toyota Hilux for DNA test.
The tests will confirm whether the vehicle and its driver are involved in the gruesome death of 23 year old Zangmo who was run-down and run-over on the expressway near the Dhejung Honda Showroom.
Three samples from the forensic unit and additional two samples which taken by traffic police will be sent for the DNA tests to match with the deceased’s blood stain which was found on her cloth during the time of the accident.
The Genetech Laboratory in Sri Lanka has confirmed that each sample will cost Nu 9000 (Sri Lankan currency), a source confirmed. Now the question is who will pay the amount of Nu 45,000 (Sri Lanka currency) excluding TT and postal charges for the five samples.
Meanwhile police officials from the RBP forensic unit refused to comment stating that it is bit early to share information with the media.
The Bhutanese learnt that the deceased’s family did not even have enough money to perform rituals for the victim and the owner of the showroom for whom the deceased was working had taken care of the rites.
On 1 October, the forensic experts had collected 10 samples by swabbing from different parts of the Hilux. Three samples tested positive for the presence of occult blood (presence of blood in the samples taken).
The two samples collected by the forensic team of the RBP will also determine a match of the blood with the victim’s blood.
Other findings of the forensic team also included that the vehicle was speeding and the injury pattern on the victim confirmed the absence of the brake marks at the scene of accident.
The deceased had succumbed to severe head and chest injuries and she died after she reached the emergency ward of JDWNRH. The victim had also sustained injuries on her face and on some parts of the body.
The deceased, Zangmo was working as a sweeper with the Honda showroom.
The DNA tests stand as the probable last barrier for justice for the deceased hit-and-run victim Zangmo and her family members.
Chencho Dema / Thimphu