The interrogation of the engineer, who killed his wife and two daughters by setting them ablaze as part of a ‘suicide pact’, in the presence of a pathologist did not give police fresh leads.
The engineer said he had got his HIV test done at a pathology laboratory in Chhatarpur town, but pathologist Mahesh Awasthi denied it.
The interrogation of the engineer and Awashti was on at Kotwali police station of Chhatarpur town till filing of this report. The engineer claimed that he had undergone the HIV test seven months ago after he developed sores in his mouth.
Police sources said some documents and the hard disc of a computer have been seized from the pathology laboratory. “As the engineer claimed that the pathologist had given him a computerised report of the HIV test, the hard disc of the pathologist’s computer has been seized. The data available in the hard disc will be analysed to ascertain whether the engineer was tested at the laboratory,” said a police officer on the condition of anonymity.
The Betul police on Saturday took the engineer to Chhatarpur town. A police team on Sunday searched the engineer’s house, but nothing was found. The police have also recorded statements of the engineer’s neighbour.
Police said a fresh HIV test would be conducted on the engineer if required. On Thursday, an HIV test on the engineer was conducted at the community health centre in Multai town of Betul district, but he was found negative.
The engineer had gone to Amravati town in Maharashtra on February 28 and burnt his 37-year-old wife and two daughters — aged nine and two — while returning on March 3. The incident occurred near Multai town.
The engineer had earlier told the police that his entire family was HIV-infected.
Later changing his statement, he said only he had undergone an HIV test and was tested positive.