The scientific tests carried out by the crime branch of Jammu and Kashmir confirms that Vishal Jangotra, an accused in the rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl in Kathua, was not in Meerut when the crime took place in January, PTI reported on Sunday.
In the chargesheet by police, it was alleged that Vishal, accused of raping the girl, had tried to create an alibi of his absence from the crime scene by allegedly “resorting to manipulation of records and creation of false evidence with the connivance and assistance of his father”. According to the charge sheet filed by the crime branch, the answer sheets as well as attendance sheet of Vishal, son of alleged main accused Sanji Ram, were sent to handwriting experts, also known as Questioners of Examined Documents (QED).
“The opinion given by the expert has inter alia revealed that the first name (Vishal) could not be connected with his usual signatures on the attendance sheets dated January 12 and 15,” report of the scientific test said. The girl was kidnapped on January 10 and subsequently killed on January 13 night. Her body was allegedly dumped by Vishal, his juvenile cousin and Khajuria on January 14 after which he took a train for Meerut. The body of the victim was recovered on January 17.
The handwriting experts also opined that the surname of accused (Jangotra) “could have been anachronistically added on the attendance sheets of January 12 and 15”. The crime branch also seized answer sheets written by the accused in examination centre on January 9 to compare it with the answer sheets of January 12 and 15, which as per investigation were written by him after examination and commission of the crime.
“Inter-spacing between the letters and words in the questioned writings.. have been written with wide hiatus between letters and words (comparing the writing of January 9 and January 12 and 15). This aspect reveals that extent of natural variation in the questioned writings is more personified and profound (answer sheets of January 12 and 15). Such personified and profound natural variation can occur in the writing of a person when there is a lack of neuro-muscular coordination of the writer and such lack of neuro-muscular coordination is found due to various psychological and physical condition,” the report said.
The rape and murder of the eight-year-old girl had led to a national outrage.