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Soon, Delhi to get two fully-equipped forensic vans

Usually, evidence in rare, complex and sensational crime cases in the city go to the FSL.

The Forensic Science Laboratory this month finished tendering two crime scene vehicles with a team of forensic experts to be deployed at crime scenes in the city.

The teams will not only ease pressure on the Delhi Police by helping with investigation and evidence collection on the spot, but will also ensure more efficient handling of evidence, an official at the FSL said.

The vans will have trained experts from the ballistics, biology, photography and chemistry departments as well requisite laboratory equipment such as appropriate lenses or UV light emitters for evidence collection. Most of these equipment are not easy to carry on one’s person as was the practice earlier, a senior FSL official said.

The two vans will be on stand-by 24X7 to be deployed to any scene of crime in any of the 11 districts.

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The Delhi Police had last year proposed the need for 11 vans, one for each district. The Delhi government flagged the proposal for two such vans last month.

The laboratory in Rohini, Outer Delhi, is where all forensic samples and physical evidence such as blood, hair, body fluids, finger prints and bullets are sent for scientific evaluation.

Usually, evidence in rare, complex and sensational crime cases in the city go to the FSL.

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“Usually at a crime scene, either police personnel collect evidence and send it to our centre in Rohini or we are called in to piece together the event leading to a crime and the crime itself. But police are not equipped adequately with laboratory equipment or the technical expertise to collect micro evidence such as hair samples or DNA samples…,” a senior official at the FSL said.

The official said sometimes two of three cases come up at the same time and officials have to be deployed in different directions.

“Given how understaffed the FSL is, when experts are on leave or absent from work for a particular reason, it becomes strenuous to deploy adequate manpower for crime scene investigation and evidence collection,” he said.

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Deputy Commissioner of Police, Crime Branch (South), Bhishma Singh said, “A dedicated crime scene van will invariably reach a crime scene quickly when police call for assistance. The necessary equipment housed in the vehicle will also ensure more efficient collection of evidence as well as piecing together the sequence of events.”

First published on: 21-10-2014 at 01:56:56 am
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