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Samples rot at police stations,Kumar says send them to labs

Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar has directed police stations across the city to send case materials to forensic laboratories as soon as possible,instead of stockpiling them in malkhanas.

Written by Prawesh Lama | New Delhi | Published: July 31, 2012 1:45:40 am

Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar has directed police stations across the city to send case materials to forensic laboratories as soon as possible,instead of stockpiling them in malkhanas.

Kumar’s order came after it was found that sensitive samples meant to be sent to forensic laboratories were lying at malkhanas or storerooms at police stations where confiscated items were kept.

At present,the Delhi government has only one forensic science laboratory in Rohini,while another at the CGO Complex is operated by the CBI.

Hence,police hugely depend on laboratories in Hyderabad,Gandhi Nagar and Kolkata. But these institutes sometimes refuse to take up cases from Delhi,forcing police to store the samples at malkhanas. Most often,these samples lie unattended for years and get destroyed.

To make matters worse,the malkhanas have no facility to store these samples,sources said.

Kumar said all police stations in the city must submit a list of such case material and send these for forensic tests. This,he said,would improve the quality of investigation and help solve pending cases.

Several officers said unsolved cases were piling up because there were not enough forensic laboratories.

“The Crime Branch submitted the voice samples of (South African cricketer) Herschelle Gibbs and others around eight years ago in connection with the match-fixing scandal. We have yet to get the forensic report. We have not been able to send fresh samples (of other cases) because we are still awaiting reports of the previous ones. The waiting period is frustrating,” an officer said.

This was discussed at a meeting that the police chief convened with the senior officers from each district.

“It was noticed that the samples were lying at malkhanas. The fate of several cases can be decided in courts on the basis of forensic reports. If the items are not sent on time to the laboratories,it is equivalent to denying justice to an innocent person,” a police officer said.

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