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‘Rain may have destroyed evidence’

mumbai Updated: Jun 09, 2011 01:35 IST
Mohamed Thaver
Mohamed Thaver
Hindustan Times
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Evidence that could have helped nail the killers in the Kurar murders, where four men were found with their throats slit on Monday, may have been washed away by the rain, say experts at the Forensic Science Laboratory in Kalina.

If forensic experts manage to retrieve some evidence, it will not only help police nail the accused but also help build a watertight case in a court of law.

An expert from the Forensic Science Laboratory at Kalina who conducts DNA tests said, “At a crime scene, biological evidence such as discarded stubs of cigarettes smoked by the accused or glasses they may have drunk from would carry traces of their saliva from which we could extract their DNA and prove their presence at the crime scene.”

He added, “In this case, however, we are sceptical about retrieving the evidence as it was lying in the open on a hillock for more than 24 hours. The evidence could be washed away even in a drizzle as it is sensitive in nature.”

On Tuesday afternoon, a team from the biological department at the FSL accompanied a police team to hillock no 4 in Kurar village where the bodies were found, to look for biological evidence.

“We have not yet received the samples collected by the team that visited the spot, so we do not know if any crucial biological remains have been found from the items collected by the team,” the expert added.

The team reportedly found a plastic bottle containing country liquor in addition to four glasses and some hair samples that may or may not be linked to the case.