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Police,CFSL team fail to meet victim

Victim’s cousin says she and kin will join probe if case is shifted to independent agency

High drama was witnessed on Sunday as the UT Police and a team of the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) spent the entire day trying to get in touch with the victim allegedly gangraped by five constables. The CFSL team wanted to question the victim in order to reconstruct the scene of the crime.

The CFSL team had earlier searched the belongings of the five constables. “We have a few queries for the victim; we want to know the time and the place of occurrence of the alleged offence. This is just to find more clues to draw a timeline of the series of events,” said a CFSL team member.

“Apart from the rented rooms and the PCR vans,there are still a few possible spots of crime which are currently unidentified. The CFSL team wants to identify those spots so that relevant evidence can be collected from there. The team also wants to collect the blood sample of the victim for a DNA match with that of the accused,” said a senior police officer.

However,even at the end of the day,the victim could not be contacted by them. “The victim was informed at 10 in the morning that Deputy Superintendent of Police Kamla Meena wants to meet her. They were asked to choose a place and time which suited them,” said one of the senior UT Police officers.

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When no communication was received,DSP Meena along with other members of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) visited the victim’s residence at 1 pm and later in the evening. Several calls were exchanged between councillor Saurabh Joshi,the victim’s cousin Vinod as well as the police to contact the victim.

“DSP Kamla Meena visited the victim’s residence along with Inspector Harjit Kaur,area SHO Malkit Singh and IO of the case,SI Usha Rani. The victim was not at her house. The victim’s father told the officers that his daughter was with Saurabh Joshi. The victim’s father gave a written confirmation of the same and the entire conversation between the SIT and him was videotaped,” said the officer.

When contacted,Joshi said,“The victim’s father cannot be trusted. The victim is living with a relative as her father is not behaving well with her.”

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Asked why the victim was not made to meet the police,Joshi said,“The police are trying to cover up the mistakes which were made during the initial investigation. Why does CFSL want to examine the victim? It clearly means that the medical examination was not done properly for the first time at GMSH-16. We do not believe the police anymore. The IO who had questioned the victim in front of the accused is a part of the SIT.”

The police officers along with the CFSL team kept waiting for the victim at her residence for nearly an hour,but in vain.

Inspector General of Police R P Upadhyaya said,“The SIT is doing its best but we need the victim,her family and others supporting her to cooperate with us. No further progress could be made in the investigation due to unavailability of the victim.”

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Later in the evening,however,the victim’s cousin sent a written communication to the DIG and IG of UT Police stating that the victim and her family would join the investigation only if the case was transferred to an independent agency.

First published on: 23-12-2013 at 04:08 IST
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