The Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Thursday recorded the statements of five eyewitnesses under Section 164 CrPC before a magistrate and will question the nine officials of the Special Cell in the coming days.
Meanwhile, the SIT has not received Vashisht’s postmortem report yet, but sources privy to the autopsy said that two gun shot points have been identified. Both are on the head — one behind his left temple, above the left ear, and the second, behind and adjacent to his right ear. Neither bullet has been retrieved from the body.
Sources in the SIT said that the investigators took five eyewitnesses, including the waiters of Sagar Ratna restaurant, to Tis Hazari where they recorded their statements before a magistrate.
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“Most of the people told the same thing. They said that they were sitting in the restaurant when the incident took place, but could not see who fired at who first and from whose bullet the victim Manoj Vashisht was killed,” a senior police officer said.
Now over the coming days, the SIT will grill the nine officials of the Special Cell and ask them to show their daily diary entry where they had mentioned the raid before leaving their office.
Sources said the medical board comprising the three doctors from Maulana Azad Medical College and Lady Hardinge Medical College are yet to give the postmortem report, which will document the final trajectory of the bullets.
“In gun shot injuries, the exit wound is usually prominently bigger with more injury to the skull bone and muscles as the bullet pierces through the skin, and the entrance wound has some blackening or tattooing where the bullet pierces the skin. Histopathology tests are being undertaken to analyse these findings,” a source said.
Sources said no imprints of the weapon had been identified on either point on his body, which are usually present in gun shot wounds from close ranges. “The forensic evidence will be corroborated with spot examination, and all the findings analysed, before a final opinion on the post mortem findings can be given,” a source said.
Sources said the forensic team has also taken samples for histopathology tests on the skin area near the wound, and samples of his clothes and skin swabs to test for gunpowder to identify the bullet which shot him. Sources said the samples and the bullet shells retrieved will finally be sent for ballistic tests to identify the bullet.
They also said the second bullet had touched Vashisht behind his waist, but did not enter his body. “It is clear there is only one fatal injury, he died from excessive bleeding due to the bullet that pierced his head,” a source said.