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Apropos of Picking up the pieces (January 6), Kiran Bedi and VN Sehgal deserve thanks for giving detailed information about the essentials of forensics, narco-analysis and brain wave responses.

india Updated: Jan 12, 2007 23:35 IST

Apropos of Picking up the pieces (January 6), Kiran Bedi and VN Sehgal deserve thanks for giving detailed information about the essentials of forensics, narco-analysis and brain wave responses. These can help crack a case as ghastly as the Nithari murders, despite there being no eyewitnesses. One would agree with the authors that if the prosecution is able to take the case towards conviction, there should be no doubt about the expertise of the forensic scientists and their deductions. The demonic duo should get nothing short of the death penalty.

RK Malhotra, Delhi


Kiran Bedi and VN Sehgal highlighted the fact that criminology and policing in India continues to be backward. The police used an earth remover to extract the human remains thus destroying vital evidence. This has hampered the investigations. The police department has been making a fool of the public by proffering lame excuses. We talk about the dominance of Indians in engineering and medical sciences and how the IITs have turned India’s fortunes around. Isn’t it a shame that we still don’t have enough skilled personnel to investigate such complicated criminal cases.

Vipul Kumar, Delhi

US as bully

The US attack on Somalia is shameful. The war against terror as orchestrated by George Bush seeks legitimacy for military action beyond the pale of international law. Why does the US pick on poor countries like Somalia that have no voice in the international arena? The US should be hauled up in the international court of justice to decide on what punishment should be meted out to them. Such ill-conceived military actions on poor countries reeling under their own problems should be stopped.

S Kamat, Goa

Rocket science

The Indian Space Research Organisation has done us proud by the successful launch of the PSLV-C-7 coming in the wake of GSLV disaster just six months ago. India is in a big league of nations with viable space launch capability. We need to integrate our aerospace expertise for optimal usage instead of allowing each department to stop frittering away national resources. The launch of the PSLV has been possible due to the hard work of scientists like Vasant Gowarikar and A.P.J. Abdul Kalam during the Sixties and Seventies.

Raghubir Singh, Pune

Little child lost

With reference to the editorial Pushy parents alert (January 10,) the death of Biswadeep Bhattacharjee is as horrific as the Nithari killings. Both exhibit the need of self-gratification at the expense of someone else. Competition with oneself or improvement from a previous level of achievement to a higher one is necessary and a less stressful ambition. It is essential to acknowledge differences and allow them space rather than ‘fit’ everyone in the same mould. We need to evaluate our value system and let our children enjoy their childhood.

Sujata Aslam, Gwalior


The incident is a warning that too much ambition disrupts the natural rhythm of life. Biswadeep’s tyrant father was unable to understand this simple fact and condemned his son to death.

Jayanta b Mukherjee, Calcutta

Protect the public

Apropos of the report Pilots caught drunk on duty on New Year’s Day (January 6), your failure to name the airline and the pilots implies that the news is either fake or that the press is concealing facts. You must publish the names so that innocent passengers can avoid such an airline.

Sanjay Adagoor, via e-mail

HT correspondent replies: Our information came from a source at the Directorate General of Civil Aviation who refused to disclose the name of either the airline or those of the pilots.


It’s unfortunate that these pilots were just suspended. They should be dismissed and punishment should be severe for those who act irresponsibly.

S Prakash Balu, via e-mail

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