The police on Tuesday conducted the psychological profiling of Vijay Palande and his accomplice Dhananjay Shinde, the accused in the murder of aspiring Bollywood producer Karan Kumar Kakkad and senior citizen Arun Tikku, at the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) in Kalina.
This is the first in a series of tests that the duo will undergo so that the crime branch can identify the person whose skull was found in Kumbharli Ghat near Chiplun.
The police have booked the duo for the murder of this unidentified person.
The skull was found along with a torso, but while the DNA tests proved that the torso belonged to Kakkad, it was revealed that the skull was not his.
The remains were found after Palande took the police to the spot after confessing to killing Kakkad, hacking his body into pieces and disposing it off at Kumbharli Ghat.
The police hope the series of psychological tests will help them wring out the identity of the unidentified person from the accused.
Tests indicate that the unidentified person was also murdered at Kakkad’s residence, as the flat had traces of the unidentified victim’s DNA profile.
Dr MK Malve, director of FSL, said: “A psychological profiling test was conducted on Palande and Shinde. This test helps us determine the mental condition of the person and his state of mind. The test went on for around two hours.”
Dr R Krishnamurthy, former FSL director, explained that a psychological profiling test is the first stage by which a psychologist tries to develop a rapport with the person and gain his trust.
“There have been occasions when the psychologist, during the profiling, developed such good rapport with the accused that the person opened up. The accused have gone to the extent of giving a written confession,” Krishnamurthy said.
Malve said Palande and Shinde will be brought to the lab for the next three to four days so that the remaining tests can be conducted.
Other tests planned are the lie detector or polygraph test and the brain mapping or BIOS test.
The duo will also be subjected to narco-analysis (see box), which will be carried out at the Nagpada police hospital in the presence of an FSL psychologist. The police have court permission for the tests.