Faridabad: Fire that killed Dalit kids started in room, not outside, say Forensic experts

The FSL report has mentioned that the door was bolted from inside. The team studied the pattern of smoke-ash traces on the bolt to reach this conclusion that the door was bolted from inside.

Written by Varinder Bhatia | Chandigarh | Updated: December 25, 2015 10:37 pm
dalit kids killings, faridabad dalit kids death, dalit children burnt to death, dalit kids death case, dalit children death case, faridabad dalit kids forensic report, faridabad news, india news, top stories Room where the Dalit family of four was burnt alive in Sunped village of Haryana that killed two children. (Source: Express photo by Manoj Kumar)

As the CBI registered a case over the October 20 incident in a Faridabad village where two children were burnt alive in an alleged attack by upper caste Rajputs, Haryana forensic experts, who inspected the scene of crime in Sunpedh, concluded that the “origin and source of fire was from inside the room and not from outside”.

Forensic experts have also found a half-burnt kerosene oil plastic bottle under the partially burnt bed and a burnt matchstick lying on a slab next to the window of the room.

Also read: CBI visits Sunpedh village, files murder case against 11

The team, comprising Director, Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) and Assistant Directors of the Physics and Chemistry divisions of the FSL, Karnal, is of the unanimous opinion that the fire originated from “within the room”. It is likely to submit its report to the CBI by this weekend.

The forensic findings trashes the version of complainant Jitender — his two children were burnt alive and his wife Rekha is at the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi with over 30 per cent burns — who alleged that he and his family were attacked by Rajputs as they slept in their house. Seven of the eleven accused in the case have been arrested.

Highly placed sources in the FSL said the forensic examination report on the spot also mentioned “no traces of outside entry” into the premises when the alleged attack took place.

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The experts also concluded that the pattern of pouring of inflammable substance was “vertical” — this is not possible if the woman, Rekha, was lying on the bed. Sources in the FSL said that the “splatter’s pattern on the scene of crime was circular, which indicates that it was not thrown from a distance, but poured from the place where it was later put on fire.

The house has two rooms. Jitender, in his statement to police, had alleged that he took out his children from a hole that connects one room with another. However, forensic experts have rejected this claim, saying the diameter of the hole is not adequate for a person to cross through.

The FSL report has mentioned that the door was bolted from inside. The team studied the pattern of smoke-ash traces on the bolt to reach this conclusion that the door was bolted from inside.

The experts found that the window from which Jitender alleged that inflammable substance (petrol, according to him) was thrown inside the room was “shut, although not bolted”.

Jitender alleged that 11 people gained entry to his premises by scaling the walls and then attacked him and his family. But the forensic experts, sources said, pointed out that there were plants next to the wall. “If anybody would scale the wall, there would be some disturbance in that area. There was no such disturbance witnessed in that area,” sources said.

A Haryana police officer said Rekha, who sustained over 30 per cent burn injuries, was declared fit by doctors to make a statement on the very day of the incident. But she refused to give a statement, a fact that was recorded by Faridabad police in its case diary. The next day, a Delhi magistrate was asked to record her statement at Safdarjung Hospital but he declined, citing jurisdiction issues.

The next day, Rekha’s statement was finally recorded by a sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) in which she corroborated Jitender’s allegations — as was reported by The Indian Express — but did not give much details about the incident. She did not name anybody and told the SDM that her husband knew the names of people who attacked them, the police officer said.

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First Published on: October 30, 2015 3:17 am
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    Communal Rukstales
    Oct 30, 2015 at 11:32 am
    30% in India are SC/ST; But 30% of Supreme Court Judges in India are NOT from SC/ST communities;
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      Communal Rukstales
      Oct 30, 2015 at 11:32 am
      Give a separate country to Dalit goo(dot)gl/NFK0A
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        Communal Rukstales
        Oct 30, 2015 at 11:31 am
        What is the Caste of Investigating Officers?
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          indian
          Oct 30, 2015 at 5:05 pm
          Awaiting media and liberal's apologies for linking this to Modi's premiership...
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            indian
            Oct 30, 2015 at 8:23 am
            No no no. Still Modi's fault - Media
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              Bob
              Oct 30, 2015 at 5:15 am
              Weather it was poured from the top or the bottom, inside or outside, bolt locked or opened - It is all Modi's fault :) We should all accept it because the seculars have said so. How dare we question them - shame on us to be so mean minded fanatics !
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                ha ha
                Oct 30, 2015 at 11:58 am
                Poda naye! Pha pulle!
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                  ha ha
                  Oct 30, 2015 at 11:57 am
                  Sorry bro, you're mistaken. Prejudiced popats like you are the ones who cause rift between individuals. Of, your statement 'George, that explains it all' actually does explain it all.
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                    ha ha
                    Oct 30, 2015 at 8:42 am
                    The closure report filed in Badaun case by CBI is prime example of this (cf. indianexpress/article/india/india-news-india/court-rejects-cbi-closure-report-in-death-of-badaun-sisters/)
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                      Dian
                      Oct 30, 2015 at 7:48 am
                      Indian forensic so called experts are unreliable. Even Supreme CORRUPT ARE JUST THAT. How can you rely on a CORRUPT Govt. of India worker? Then why did the woman who was part of the burning the children say "they tried to attack me and that is why the gang burnt the children" just after the incident? Brahmins may be fools, not Indians any more!!!
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                        Welldone_BUGwat
                        Oct 30, 2015 at 10:22 am
                        Whatever, BJP is losing in BIHAR! Thanks to Bagodadia, BUGwat, AND ALL OTHERS FIR THEIR SCEPTIC TANK STINKING MOUTH. BRAHMINS CANNOT KEEP THEIR TONGUE, THEIR LIMBS AND THEIR CKS TO RHEMSELVES AND GET THEM CUT INTO PIECEs.
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                          Shot_in-the=armir=brahmins
                          Oct 30, 2015 at 8:27 am
                          this report, though manited by forensic department, is a shot in the arm for brahmin azzoles. Enjoy brahmins. And don't forget to cover under the blanket of Hinduism and don't forget to instigate Hindus against Dalits. Keep u the good work brahminazzoles.
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                            Premkumar
                            Oct 30, 2015 at 5:36 am
                            Anti national congress and media can do anything to blame to Modi....looks like congress and some TVND media well planned this incident.....poor family and kids.....because of power and money khangress can go any level....true Indians should United to remove congress from india
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                              Prayas
                              Oct 30, 2015 at 4:40 pm
                              Please read the news from the past their is not one , two but several examples how some people killed their own family. Last year [2014] this family involved in killing of 3 peoples of the opposite family. No politician then gave a fck about it. 11 or 9 i am not sure already in prison for 2014 incident. Their was quarrel in Dalit family. This is strange that how jitender only faced three finger burnt and his both children died and wife faced 30% burning injuries. He wants to Kill his wife and children and plot their enemies for the same and at the same time he want to be free from his own problems. If their may be a chance that Jitender story is true then we cant call this cast based quarrel this is a fight between two families. Look what we have done to our society to mark is as a fight between casts. Sorry for my english mistakes but i just want to say my point. Whether they killed or they kill in both cases humanity suffers. And the media role in this case is really unexplainable.
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                                Prayas
                                Oct 30, 2015 at 4:41 pm
                                Please read the news from the past their is not one , two but several examples how some people killed their own family. Last year [2014] this family involved in killing of 3 peoples of the opposite family. No politician then gave a fck about it. 11 or 9 i am not sure already in prison for 2014 incident. Their was quarrel in Dalit family. This is strange that how jitender only faced three finger burnt and his both children died and wife faced 30% burning injuries. He wants to Kill his wife and children and plot their enemies for the same and at the same time he want to be free from his own problems. If their may be a chance that Jitender story is true then we cant call this cast based quarrel this is a fight between two families. Look what we have done to our society to mark is as a fight between casts. Sorry for my english mistakes but i just want to say my point. Whether they killed or they kill in both cases humanity suffers. And the media role in this case is really unexplainable.
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                                  Prayas
                                  Oct 30, 2015 at 4:42 pm
                                  Please read the news from the past their is not one , two but several examples how some people killed their own family. Last year [2014] this family involved in killing of 3 peoples of the opposite family. No politician then gave a fck about it. 11 or 9 i am not sure already in prison for 2014 incident. Their was quarrel in Dalit family. This is strange that how jitender only faced three finger burnt and his both children died and wife faced 30% burning injuries. He wants to Kill his wife and children and plot their enemies for the same and at the same time he want to be free from his own problems. If their may be a chance that Jitender story is true then we cant call this cast based quarrel this is a fight between two families. Look what we have done to our society to mark is as a fight between casts. Sorry for my english mistakes but i just want to say my point. Whether they killed or they kill in both cases humanity suffers. And the media role in this case is really unexplainable. If i am wrong then please correct me.
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                                    Raje
                                    Oct 30, 2015 at 12:19 pm
                                    So another incident turns out to be an internal family matter... where in MEDIA acted as judiciary and declared Haryana govt and people as culprits. Good going INDIAN MEDIA. Anything to defame BJP and gain pority for you and others
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                                      Ranjith Vadiyala
                                      Oct 31, 2015 at 2:40 pm
                                      Started with Church attacks, then Nun rape, dadri, Faridabad, returning of awards, speech about tolerance - All of them proved wrong. But our media will give importance only that news which blames BJP and keeps almost silent when the allegations are proved wrong.
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                                        Samar Vijeta
                                        Oct 30, 2015 at 6:27 pm
                                        Ohh God might give you windom you blind opposer of Modi.
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                                          Samjhouta
                                          Oct 30, 2015 at 7:58 am
                                          What happens to the awards now?
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                                            Samjhouta
                                            Oct 30, 2015 at 11:48 am
                                            This is undemocratic. Govt which had a huge mandate voted by people is being undermined by 1 percenters. So if another dalit or Muslim is killed tomorrow what happens then? Will these people leave India blaming everything on modi. Thank god this PM is from obc caste and a labourer.
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