The police will have to wait till Thursday to get a confirmation on whether same coloured powder was used in the colour poisoning incident at both Dharavi and Nehru Nagar, Kurla, which left 200 children with infection and one dead.
Two separate cases have been registered at the Dharavi and Nehru Nagar police stations in connection with the incident. While the Dharavi police have arrested six men, the FIR at Nehru Nagar is against unidentified accused. Nine colour samples including the ones from Dharavi, Nehru Nagar, the demolished dye godown at Shahu Nagar in Mahim, shops from Dharavi and Kurla have been sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL).
The police have also sent eight hand wash samples and the clothes of children who suffered from infection and the stomach wash of Vikas Valmiki, 13, who passed away, to the laboratory.
An official from FSL, on condition of anonymity, said, “We should be able to send the report on the samples to the police by Thursday.” The police investigation has revealed that the children may have played holi with the chemical-laden coloured powder used for making dye that was lying abandoned at the demolished godown at Shahu Nagar.
The FSL will be conducting the gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC-MS) test on the samples to find out the chemicals present in the sample. “Once we know that, we will know how toxic the powder was,” he said.
Referring to the Dharavi incident, assistant commissioner of police (Kurla Division) Prabhakar Satam said: “If the samples of the powder that led to the infection match with the samples procured from some shops, we will question the shopkeepers. The report submitted by the FSL will determine if any further arrests will be made in the case.”
DB Bagayatkar, senior inspector, Nehru Nagar police, said, “We have not made any arrests in the case. If the FSL report shows that the powder used by the children is from Shahu Nagar godown, then we will arrest the owners.”
He added that they may also seek the custody of the six accused who have been arrested.