In a major recruitment drive that will reduce the workload on the Directorate of Forensic Sciences Laboratory (DFSL) at Kalina, 360 people will be recruited for various posts this August.
The DFSL has been a key to a majority of crime cases — terrorism, rape, suicides — and forensic evidence from DFSL has played a key role in court.
However, because of a staff crunch, there have been delays from the DFSL in meeting deadlines.
Of the 360 posts, 123 recruits will be posted in Mumbai while the rest will be sent to DFSL centres at Nagpur, Pune, Nashik and Aurangabad.
The 123 posts in Mumbai will include 30 scientific officers, 51 scientific assistants, 21 chemical analysers and 21 laboratory attendants.
The walkin interviews for the various posts are scheduled on August 1, 5, 7 and 12.
The DFSL has been an important part of the investigations for the Mumbai police.
In cases of bomb blasts, the DFSL has analysed the chemical composition of bomb components, which led investigators to the terrorist organisations behind the plot, as every organisation has a different way of making bomb.
The DFSL has matched blood samples which helped the Mumbai police solve the case of Karankumar Kakkad who was allegedly murdered by accused Vijay Palande.
The laboratory also helped establish that Sandhya Singh, sister of music director Jatin-Lalit, was murdered, after her skeletal remains were found in Navi Mumbai.
Even in cases such as the fire at Mantralaya, the DFSL played an important role in police investigations.
Most importantly, the DFSL helped prove the crime branch’s case on the 26/11 terror attack in matching the voice of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative Abu Jundal, who was at the Karachi control room while speaking to the terrorists at Nariman House during the attack.
Dr MK Malve, director of the DFSL Kalina, told HT the recruitment would help reduce workload, and that the posts have been created for a period of one year.