Police may go for a narco test on an engineer who had burnt to death his wife and two daughters as part of an alleged suicide pact in Madhya Pradesh’s Betul district, investigators said on Friday.
A police official part of the investigating team said there were too many “inconsistencies” in the statement of the engineer who had first claimed that he and wife decided on suicide after learning that all four members of the family had tested HIV positive.
The 39-year-old engineer later retracted his statement and said that only he had tested positive in a test carried out at a private pathological lab in Bundelkhand.
However, two tests conducted on him by government doctors on Thursday came out negative, shrouding the incident in mystery.
“As he has been changing his statements and there are apparent inconsistencies in his statements, we think it will be prudent to conduct a narco test on him,” said a police officer.
The police will have to seek the court’s permission for the test, which is carried out by injecting what is known as “truth serum” — either sodium pentothal or sodium amytal.
However, sources said that the Supreme Court has made it mandatory to get the person’s consent to carry out a narco test.
The pathology laboratory, where the engineer claimed to have undergone HIV test, has also denied conducting any test on him.
“Our team conducted search at the lab but past records were not available. We are now questioning the lab owner who has already said that the engineer was not tested for HIV at his lab,” said a police officer.
Meanwhile on Friday, the engineer was produced in a local court and remanded to police custody for four days.
The engineer, who had gone to Amravati with his family on February 28, had burnt his wife and two daughters at Gaunapur Ghat in Multai, during their return journey on March 3.
The case so far
A 39-year-old engineer had claimed that he and his wife had undergone HIV tests seven months ago
He later claimed that his daughters, aged nine and two, had been tested
About three months ago, his wife developed similar sores in her mouth which did not respond to treatment. The engineer then told his wife that he was HIV positive
The engineer turned himself in to police in his hometown of Amravati in Maharashtra on Monday
On Tuesday, a test was conducted on him which found him to be HIV negative
He, however, said that he had undergone a test at a laboratory in Chhatarpur which said he was HIV positive.