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Missing bullet slug may hit bull's eye

The recovery of the second bullet's lead fired by the prime accused could put a fresh lease of life in the case.

india Updated: Mar 14, 2006 17:46 IST

A minor error on the part of the investigating team that probed the Jessica Lall murder case might prove to be a blessing in disguise and help the police in bringing the accused to book all afresh.

Investigations by HindustanTimes.com reveal that police team which probedthe murder case did not attach much importance in recovering the lead of the second bullet fired by the prime accused Manu Sharma which could still be recovered and could put a fresh lease of life in the case.

At this stage when the defence lawyers managed to get the acquittal of all the nine accused by floating two-weapon theory, the missing bullet slug, if found, would once again put the case back on the track.

The microscopic examination of the bullet slug that killed Jessica and the bullet slug recovered from the false ceiling would conclusively prove whether the bullets were fired from one weapon or two weapons, prompting the court to order for reinvestigation and subsequent retrial.

On the day of murder, Manu Sharma reportedly fired two bullets. While one of the bullets hit Jessica head, the other one hit the roof. Two empty cartridges were recovered from the scene of crime.

The bullet after piercing through the false ceiling had chipped the asbestos roof of the party hall making a hole in it and police presumed that the bullet must have passed through the roof.

Although,the experts from the CFSL, the sleuths of the district crime team and local police made all out efforts and scanned practically every inch for about two days to recover the lead of the bullet, but the exercise proved unfruitful thus rendering the chances of recovery of the slug from the false ceiling all time high.

Investigations and subsequent enquiries made from the arms experts point out that although the impact of the bullet, which had already lost considerable velocity after piercing through the false ceiling and later chipped the asbestos roof surely could have rebounded and could well be lying safe on the false ceiling.

UK Katna, the special commissioner of police, head of the special investigation team, which is probing into fabrication and destruction of evidence when apprised of the fact that bullet could still be lying in between the false ceiling and the asbestos roof of the party hall, said, “We would look for missing slug as this would certainly constitute to be a crucial piece of evidence for initiating fresh probe into the case."

Since a through scrutiny of the scene of crime indicate that the false ceiling that exited when the murder took place is intact, the chances of finding the slug are quite high.

First Published: Mar 14, 2006 17:46 IST