DySP headed team sent to Rajouri to probe allegations of fake encounter

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 8/14/2020 12:17:30 PM

DNA samples to be collected, matched

SRINAGAR, Aug 13: Inspector General of Police Kashmir range, Vijay Kumar, on Thursday, said that the police is working on two aspects of the July 18 Shopian encounter case.
“The police will cross check the DNA samples, already taken, from the slain trio besides checking the call details to find out whether they were in touch with the militants over the phone. IGP was talking to reporters on the sidelines of a full-dress rehearsal parade at SK Stadium in Srinagar ahead of the I-Day function.
“A police team headed by a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) Wajahat has left for Rajouri to complete the legal formalities. We are working on two aspects; the first one is to go for cross-examination of DNA samples of the slain with families claiming them as their children and also to check their call details to find out whether they were in touch with militants over the phone. We have already taken the DNA samples of the slain the trio,” the IGP added.
As of now, nothing can be said as the investigations have just started. The three families had filed a missing complaint in Peru police post in Rajouri following which we have taken up the investigations,” the IGP said.
It may be recalled that J&K police’s track record with DNA tests has been questionable, the most notorious case being that of Pathribal killings.
After the killing of five civilians at Pathribal near Anantnag in March 2000, the police had sent DNA samples from the five bodies and from members of the five families who claimed their missing relatives had been branded as terrorists and killed in cold blood.
The DNA results came back negative but the report also concluded that the DNA samples had been swapped. While male members of the family had given their blood samples for DNA testing, the samples that reached the laboratory turned out to be of women unrelated to the slain men.
The DNA samples were fudged again. The discrepancies were noted by Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics in Hyderabad.



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