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New Delhi, Oct 25: Police are planning to conduct a DNA test on a Swiss woman whose chained body was found from west Delhi’s Tilak Nagar last week.
The Delhi Police on Wednesday said it has got the information via the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) that the family members of the woman – Nina Berger – may not come to India for the identification of the body, which is kept at a hospital mortuary.
The decomposed body of Berger, aged around 30 years, was found from a spot near the wall of a Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) school in Tilak Nagar on Friday.
Her limbs were tied with metal chains, which were locked.
Earlier, Switzerland has confirmed that a woman whose chained body was found from west Delhi’s Tilak Nagar was a Swiss citizen.
Valentin Clivaz, Deputy Head of Media, Embassy of Switzerland in Delhi, in a statement said: “The FDFA (Federal Department of Foreign Affairs) confirms the death of a Swiss citizen in India.”
The Swiss embassy here is in contact with the local authorities. The FDFA supports relatives within the framework of consular protection, Clivaz said and added that no further details can be given for reasons of “data protection and personal privacy”.
Police have arrested Gurpreet Singh, who has revealed that he dumped the body after killing the woman in a car.
During interrogation, Singh said he wanted to marry Berger but she had turned down his request.
Berger had come to the city on October 11 on Singh’s request and stayed in a hotel in west Delhi.
Police said several documents and belongings of the deceased were found from the possession of the accused and those might be used for matching with the DNA sample collected from the body.
“We will get the post-mortem examination conducted by a board of doctors, but only after getting the NOC (no-objection certificate) or approval from the Swiss embassy,” a senior police officer said.
Collecting DNA samples is a part of police investigations as the family has shown reluctance in coming to Delhi for the identification of the body, the officer added.
Singh was sent to police custody for four days, during which police recreated the scene of the crime and took him to various places where he had accompanied Berger before allegedly killing her.
A psycho-analysis test of the accused has also been conducted as he was changing his statements continuously, police said.
Forensic experts have collected bloodstain and other evidence from the Hyundai Santro car, which was allegedly used for dumping the chained body of the Swiss woman.
Police said the accused tried to misled them and his interrogation is still on.
On Wednesday, the accused was produced before a court that extended his police custody by five more days.
Police said Singh’s father is yet to be questioned as he is out of the country. His other family members have already been questioned. (PTI)

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