DNA results on body parts to come in a week: police
The process of conducting DNA profiling of the remains, believed to be that of aspiring Bollywood producer Karan Kakkad, found at Kumbharli ghat near Chiplun, has been expedited and the results are likely to arrive in a week.mumbai Updated: May 11, 2012 01:15 IST
The process of conducting DNA profiling of the remains, believed to be that of aspiring Bollywood producer Karan Kakkad, found at Kumbharli ghat near Chiplun, has been expedited and the results are likely to arrive in a week.
Confirming this, additional commissioner of police, crime, Deven Bharti said, "In view of the importance of the case, we requested the home department to take up DNA profiling urgently. They have agreed and the required sanctions have been made. The results will be with us soon."
Bharti said as the state forensic science laboratory at Kalina had a shortage of DNA testing kits, resulting in a huge backlog of DNA samples to be tested, a special request had been made to the state home department to expedite the process.
The home department has disbursed the required money for the purchase of DNA test kits to conduct the profiling of Kumbharli ghat samples.
Each DNA test kit costs around Rs 5,000.
He said DNA profiling of the mangled body parts, extricated from Kumbharli ghat by a crime branch team last month, had become imperative to the investigation into the Kakkad murder.
The outcome of the DNA profiling would put to rest disputes surrounding the authenticity of the recovery (that the body parts are indeed Kakkad's) and establish the murder.
Mangled human body parts, wrapped in two different plastic bags, had been recovered from Kumbharli ghat last month. Vijay Palande and Dhananjay Shinde, Kakkad's alleged killers, had led the police team to those spots.
Kakkad's younger brother Hanish raised questions over the authenticity of the recovery by claiming that the skull was much smaller than that of his brother.
Moreover, the police also want to be doubly sure of Palande's claims in view of the fact that he was involved in several killings in the past and was in the habit of dumping those carcasses at the same ghat.