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Minor’s rape, murder: DNA test nails culprit

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Dehradun, February 08, 2013
First Published: 02:56 IST(8/2/2013) | Last Updated: 02:58 IST(8/2/2013)

The seven-month exercise of DNA testing has finally yielded result. The Uttarakhand police have nailed the culprit in the minor girl’s rape and murder case that last year rocked Lalkuan, a small town, some 300 kms from here.


Investigations have revealed that the minor girl’s maternal uncle had raped and then strangled her. Police have arrested the culprit after the matching of DNA sample.

Director general of police Satyavrat Bansal has announced a reward of Rs. 20,000 and DIG Nainital range Sanjay Gunjyal has announced a reward of Rs. 5000 for the police team.

This is said to be the first case in the state that has been solved with the help of DNA testing. 

Some unknown person had raped and murdered Sanjana, 8, of Tiwarinagar, Bindukhatta on July 10, 2012.

DIG Sanjay Gunjyal disclosed the details of the investigation in the multipurpose hall of thana Lalkuan on Thursday. He said that accused Deepak Arya of Tiwari Nagar had been arrested after his DNA sample tested positive. The accused has confessed to the crime.

SSP Dr Sadanand Date said that the DNA profile of the accused was taken from the vaginal fluid of the girl.
About 57 DNA samples were taken during the investigation, out of which Deepak’s sample was sent at number 55.

Dr Sadanand said that this was a unique case solved by DNA testing. It is noteworthy that the Maharashtra police  had caught a murderer after conducting 900 DNA tests.

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