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‘Cops ignore crime scene evidence in road accidents’
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Gurgaon, July 11, 2013
First Published: 01:22 IST(11/7/2013)
Last Updated: 01:24 IST(11/7/2013)

In an alarming revelation, a Right to Information (RTI) reply prima facie suggests that the city police do not believe in backing up its cases with solid incriminating evidence when it comes to road accidents.

In answer to an RTI application posted in March, 2013, in the name of CGHS Beneficiaries’ Welfare Association, the Gurgaon police have divulged that in all the cases registered under Section 304-A — that deals with acts causing death by accident — no forensic expert or team had been called at the scenes of crime in any of the cases and no forensic evidence been collected.

“The DCP (headquarter) will be in a better position to comment on the information furnished in the RTI. But I have given express orders that in all such road accidents that involve loss of life, the district forensic lab team should be called in to scrutinise the crime scene,” said police commissioner Alok Mittal.

DCP (HQ-acting) Surender Pal Singh told HT, “In all cases of road accidents involving loss of life, we do call in experts and the report is made thereafter. We always call the crime scene experts to look at the crime scenes. May be there is some confusion between what was asked and how it was understood at the time of articulating the answer to it. I will look into it.”

“Not collecting forensic evidence means the police are weakening the cases against the perpetrators. Collecting forensic evidence becomes necessary as road accidents may involve premeditated murder over past enmity. Of late, the number of cases registered under sections 279, 304-A, 337 and 338 is on the rise in the entire NCR region,” said advocate Harish Malhotra, practising in Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The RTI reply also revealed that 88 cases had been registered under Section 304-A in Gurgaon in 2012 and till March in 2013.


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