Bhubaneswar, Jan 31 (PTI) The CID of Odisha Police has sent the exhibits of the Koraput rape case to the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), Kolkata, for re-examination.
As a dispute had surfaced questioning the findings of the report of the State Forensic Science Laboratory here, DGP R P Sharma had on January 27, 2018, directed the CID to get the exhibits re-examined from the CFSL for a second opinion to clear the air and put an end to all speculation, the CID said in a statement.
The CID is investigating the alleged gangrape of a schoolgirl at Kunduli in Koraput and the DGP’s direction to it followed media reports that the scientific examination report on it was changed while making the final report.
“The investigating officer of the CID yesterday sent the available exhibits of the Kunduli alleged rape case to CFSL, Kolkata, for detailed examination,” superintendent of police, CID, said in a statement.
Before sending the exhibits to the CFSL, the CID investigating officer had to take the court’s permission for re-examination.
The girl had on January 22 committed suicide by hanging herself allegedly for not gettting justice. She had on October 10, 2017 alleged that she was raped by four persons in uniform while she was returning home from Kunduli.
The Odisha Police, which conducted probe into the incident, had initially rejected the girl’s allegation and claimed that she was not raped at all. The Human Rights Protection Cell of Odisha Police in its report to the Odisha Human Rights Commission had said that the girl was not raped.
A case was registered in Pottangi police station in Koraput district under the POCSO Act and IPC sections 376(D) (gangrape) and 377 (unnatural offences) which was later handed over to the CID.
The CID had seized the exhibits in the case and sent them to the State Forensic Science Laboratory here for scientific examination and opinion. The exhibits were examined at SFSL by experts of different divisions after which the final report was submitted by its director to the court of Jeypore sub divisional judicial magistrate on October 23, 2017.
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