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December 16 gangrape probe is now a case study for senior officers

The investigation case was presented as a case study to all officers of DCP rank and above.

Written by Prawesh Lama | New Delhi | Published: September 8, 2013 1:58:41 am

Officers of the Delhi Police were back in school on Saturday. The investigation of the December 16 gangrape case was presented as a case study to all officers of the rank of DCP and above.

The sessions,officers said,which began last week and will be held every Saturday,is a brain child of Police Commissioner B S Bassi.

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“There is so much happening around us and,sometimes,we tend to feel that we know it all. These training sessions will impart information on laws such as Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) and the new Juvenile Justice Act,among others. It is essential that all senior officer are well- informed,” Bassi said.

The case study of the December 16 gangrape — which the police claimed was solved within 18 hours and the chargesheet filed within 18 days — helped clear many a doubt for these officers.

During the session ‘lessons learnt’,Joint Commissioner of Police (Southwest) Vivek Gogia who had supervised the gangrape probe,told the men that dental evidence was collected for the first time in the country for the gangrape case. This turned out to be the most crucial evidence in court.

“During this case,we learnt never to say no to anything. I advise you to explore all new angles whenever you investigate such cases. Who would have thought that we would manage to get DNA evidence of the accused from the half-burnt cloth of the victim? We explored and got it right,” Gogia said.

He also told officers that collecting dental impression for the bite marks on the victim proved to be important. “There is only one institute in Karnataka which is authorised to give reports related to dental injuries. We conducted the tests in Safdarjung and sent it to Karnataka.”

Another lesson he gave his men was to form teams and to communicate with the family members of the victim.

“We had formed several teams. One team was tasked with the job of just talking to the victim. The family should be given routine updates about the case and assure them that we are helping them in every way we can,” he said.

DCP-level officers asked questions on various issues such as the procedure for applying for permission to intercept certain phone numbers and the new types of forensic evidence that were accepted by the court.

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