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Kathua rape-murder case was actually ‘cracked’ in Delhi, thanks to just one spot of blood

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Evidence was sent to Delhi for forensic tests, and despite the washed clothing of the victim, the lab found a spot of blood that is said to have tied everything together.

New Delhi: It apparently took just one spot of blood — invisible to the naked eye — on the frill of a frock to crack the Kathua gangrape and murder case.

The blood is said to have confirmed that the frock was worn by the eight-year-old Bakerwal girl during the crime, and allegedly tied together all other pieces of evidence found at the scene of the crime.

But for that to happen, the evidence had to be sent from Jammu to Delhi for forensic tests. The absence of modern and advanced forensic technology in the Jammu region forced the J&K Police to seek help from the Forensic Science Laboratory, run by the home department of the Delhi government.

On 23 February, the Jammu & Kashmir DGP sent a special messenger to Delhi home secretary Manoj Paridha. The messenger, a DSP-ranked officer from the CID posted in the Delhi unit of the J&K Police, visited Paridha with the letter and pressed upon the urgency of the matter.

“We were approached, and there was no debate on not taking the case up. The case was sensitive and needed to be fast-tracked. We had to take it up,” O.P. Mishra, additional secretary in the Delhi government’s home department, told ThePrint.

14 packets of evidence

The Forensic Science Laboratory received 14 packets of evidence between 1 March and 21 March.

A few of these packets are said to have helped confirm the juvenile accused’s presence at the Devisthan, the alleged scene of the crime.

“Two parcels were sent in to make doubly sure of the identity of the juvenile accused in the case, and the efforts bore fruit. The potency test and DNA of the accused were brought in. A third parcel had two strands of hair that matched the DNA and the sample of hair taken from the Devisthan,” a source at the lab told ThePrint.

The crucial spot of blood

The toughest part, it is learnt, was getting evidence off the washed clothing, to confirm that it had indeed been worn by the victim.

The source said the frock was divided into a few pieces and analysed, and a few hours into the investigation, a team member found a spot of blood on the frill of the frock. The spot matched the viscera sample as well, and confirmed that the blood belonged to the victim.

“This strengthened the case further and we solved the puzzles one by one,” a top official of the lab said.

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10 COMMENTS

  1. Dna proof of blood of victim on her own clothes is a nonsense proof. Was there blood or semen of the accused on her clothes? NO. Hair of the victim and accused could have been easily planted. Which is very possible in a scenario where the crime branch have obviously framed Vishal Jangotra.

  2. @Bharani Komandur
    There are some discrepancies in the points you’ve jotted down regarding the ‘story’ recited by the police.

    Im not going to point out the obviousness of the hair strand found on the temple grounds that matched with the girl. Forget that, you’d obviously have weird back up answers for that.

    Why I bothered to take time out of my life for this , is to point out the shit you’ve said on your second note.

    1) you sed tge word ‘supposedly’ ..what do you mean? That she wasnt ‘afterall’ raped? Is that the whole point of that second note in your comment? Do you mean to say that the girl WASN’T actually raped and that this is all a story made up by the police? If yes, then wow. Youre going to make it big in your life.
    2) you ever heard of ‘taking clothes off’? yeah, its a cool thing about clothes.. you can actually physically ‘take them off’… im not sure why you dont know this. If you DO know it, then isnt there a slight slight teeeny chance that the accused might have ‘taken her clothes off’ raped her and then PUT THE CLOTHES BACK ON. I dont want to explain THAT any further.. im hoping youre educated. Who am I kidding.

    3) so you’re saying that if a person rapes another while their clothes stay put on their bodies, then the rapist is being ‘generous’? Three words, ‘what the hell’.

    We learn something new everyday. I hope you learnt NOT to crap around all the bullshit that comes to your head.

    All I did here was point out a very obvious discrepancy in youre second note. I could do the same for all your other points, but I have sources from the internet alone, and not as a witness. So im not going to set fire to your other points. Yet.

  3. DNA test is never 100% accurate. Pls see the link bellow.
    https://www.alrc.gov.au/publications/44-criminal-proce

    If some one of investigation team wants to contaminate the sample sent to DNA lab, laboratory people nothing to do it.

    If a member of the inveatgation team wants to frame a person it is very simple. He has sample such as hair of the victim, bring with him & drop at place to make the crime scene/attach with the alleged person who are also in police cuatody. These so minuscule amount that one can do this even in presence of all team members. DNA test is nothing but to help in investigation

  4. DNA profiling test is useful in combination other evidences. But alone may frame innocent in charge. For example pls see.
    https://www.alrc.gov.au/publications/44-criminal-proce

    For lab: they may mistake by contamination & accuracy rate is never 100%

    For investigator: if any investigator have ill motive to frame anybody, he can do it easily by contaminating the sample. For example if an inveatigator is clever enough he can bring a minute hair of victime & an can drop at the crime scene/ attach with the person whom to frame. Even a member of team has this intention he can disguise the rest team by this way. So cross evidence is important, dna test just can help in case.

  5. Either the case was cracked, or the evidence was well planted to frame the accused. The story presented by the Police does not make any sense.
    First, a small square temple, with windows on all sides, where hundreds of people visit every day, is said to be where the girl was kept for 7 days. In fact, there was a hangar on one of those days, where all 3 villages gathered. But nobody ever saw this girl there.
    Second, the was supposedly raped for 7 days and then killed and thrown away. But she seems to be wearing all her clothes, including her shoes. Why would the rapists be so generous?
    Third, Police claim her head was smashed with a boulder after she was strangulated. But photographs show her head to be intact.
    It’s a big conspiracy.

  6. Media has Sold itself, and publishing lies. Don’t know how much money these media houses have got spreading fake news like this. Innocent people are behind bars. And real muslim killer is roaming freely.

  7. All those who played a role is establishing the guilt of the accused are worthy of our highest respect. May the trial court render justice.

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