Fresh test says Bhandara minor girls were drowned

Post-mortem concluded they were killed,thrown into well.

Written by Vivek Deshpande | Nagpur | Updated: April 17, 2014 12:30 pm

Post-mortem concluded they were killed,thrown into well.

The case of three minor sisters hailing from Bhandara,Maharashtra,believed to have been raped and murdered has taken another turn: a fresh forensic report has revealed they were drowned in the well their bodies were found in on February 16.

This finding is at odds with the post-mortem report’s claim that it was a case of dry drowning,that is,the girls were killed and then thrown into the well. The forensic test,called diatom,has concluded it was wet drowning. The test report was given to the police Sunday.

The doctors who did the post-mortem examination had also said the girls were raped but Nagpur’s Regional Forensic Science Laboratory found “no external DNA” on them,raising questions about the rape claim.

“On one hand,doctors say the body was so decomposed that it wasn’t possible to determine the exact time of death. So how could they still detect sexual assault on a highly-decomposed body?” asked a senior police officer. “Also,the bodies generally take 48 hours to become afloat. So why didn’t the doctors write a general comment that the death might have happened 48 hours ago?” the officer asked

Meanwhile,the police are still clueless about the girl’s death. “We are doing our best and will not rest till we get to the bottom of the case,” said SP Arti Singh.

What is a diatom test

Diatoms are aquatic unicellular plants that represent the most abundant single source of oxygen producers in the biosphere. “The test checks if diatoms found in the tissues of the deceased person are the same as those found in the water where the person was found. If they are the same,then the conclusion is that the person was alive at the time of drowning,” D Harish,president of Punjab Academy of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology,told The Indian Express.

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