The crime branch has asked the state forensic science laboratory (FSL) at Kalina to establish whether the injury marks found on the skull bone of Sandhya Singh were post- or ante-mortem. This is to help the crime branch get some leads in the suspected murder of the Navi Mumbai resident. The crime branch recently took over investigations in the sensational case from the Navi Mumbai police.
Highly-placed sources in the crime branch told HT the reason for establishing the timing of the skull-bone injury was that it could throw light on the mystery surrounding her death. “If the injury mark is found to be post mortem [after death], it could mean the injury may have been caused either during the transit of the body or on account of bites by dogs or other carnivores. However, if it was ante-mortem [before death], it could mean she had been hit on her head with a blunt object,” sources said.
Apart from that, the investigators also want to know the approximate time of her death from the forensic examination of the skeletal remains. “This would throw light on whether she died soon after her disappearance or at a later stage,” sources said.
On December 13, Sandhya did not return home to her NRI Colony flat in Vashi after she went to deposit her jewellery, worth more than Rs20 lakh in a bank in the locality. The family had lodged a missing person complaint two days later. She could not be traced for more than a month.
In the last week of January, an ornithologist accidentally discovered some skeletal remains in the marshy land adjoining Vashi creek and the police were informed.
From the articles found scattered near the skeletal remains and identification marks on a tooth, it was suspected to be those of Sandhya. The forensic analysis (DNA) of the skeletal remains later established that they were in fact Sandhya’s.