Kerala Police makes DNA test mandatory in murder, unnatural death, sexual offence cases

M Basheer

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala DGP Anil Kant has made it mandatory to conduct DNA test in cases of murder, unnatural death and sexual offence. The move comes in the wake of a letter given by Crime Branch chief.

In many cases, lack of DNA test in earlier stage of probe have been affecting the entire investigation and the objective of the directive is to resolve this issue.

According to senior police officials, some probe officers fail to ensure medical examination in sexual offence cases and dead body examination in murder and unnatural death cases.

Many miss the point that items collected from the crime scene should be sent for DNA test and in the later part of probe the samples become unavailable, they said.

The new direction also assigned the officials to give all items collected from the crime scene to scientific officers to preserve the DNA samples. Presently only the needful items collected were given.

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