In a move to bolster the conviction rate in crimes pertaining to serious nature, the city police received two mobile forensic evidence collection vans from the state government on Monday. The state has approved a total of five vans for Mumbai.
Senior officers said all the five vans will be deployed across the five regions — east, west, north, south and central Mumbai. One of the officers added that each of the two vans will have two police personnel — trained by forensic experts in collecting evidence — and a photographer. Besides, the vans will be equipped with sophisticated equipment to collect samples of blood, DNA, ballistic, narcotics, cyber crime evidence and fingerprints, among others, from the crime scene.
“These vans would be the first, along with local policemen, to reach the crime scene,” said a senior police officer.
Several officers claimed that many a time the physical evidence collected from the crime scene is lost as the case is cracked at a later stage. They also claimed that natural factors such as rain hamper collection of forensic evidence.
Commenting on the issue, an Anti-terrorism Squad (ATS) officer said in major cases like the 2006 train bombings and 2011 triple blasts, crucial evidence was lost as it rained after the blasts. The officer added that situation would had been different had there been mobile forensic vans handy then, as it would had strengthened the forensic evidence gathering process.
Sources in the police department added that since the evidence the prosecution produces in the court is often punctured or refuted by the defence, the focus is now on procuring additional forensic evidence, thus making it difficult for the defence to discard it.