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Rs 10 lakh spent but no DNA matches found yet

Conducting DNA tests on people to trace the culprit in the Nehru Nagar murders has cost the government more than Rs 10 lakh. HT Correspondent reports.

mumbai Updated: Jun 26, 2010 02:13 IST
HT Correspondent

Conducting DNA tests on people to trace the culprit in the Nehru Nagar murders has cost the government more than Rs 10 lakh.

The police have sent more than 100 specimen for DNA tests to the forensic laboratory in Kalina. Sources at the Kalina Forensic Science Laboratory said they are yet to find a match from the specimen tested. “We are conducting tests on a priority basis,” said the lab’s director, Dr M.V. Garad.

Each DNA test costs at least Rs 10,000 because a lot of chemicals needed for the analysis have to be imported.

The area has seen the rape and murders of three minor girls in four months. More than 2,500 people have been questioned in the case.

The DNA of a person can be ascertained from body fluids like saliva or semen or even a strand of hair or a nail.

The police have collected some forensic evidence in the first two murders and are checking whether the DNA

of any of the suspects matches what the police have found from the scene of the crime.

At least 1,000 policemen are working to crack the case. This includes all crime branch detection units and a special squad apart from officers of Nehru Nagar and other police stations.

“Policemen dressed in plain clothes have also been asked to mingle with the crowd and gather intelligence that can be used in the investigation,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone VI) Dilip Sawant said.

The police have installed more than 50 closed-circuit television cameras (CCTV) the area under the jurisdiction of the Nehru Nagar police station.

The police said that a few of these CCTVs are being installed in the slums discreetly at night so that the accused is not alerted.