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GUWAHATI, Oct 6 � Alleging laxity on the part of the State Forensic Science Laboratory, which in turn affected CID investigations into the sensational murder of Dr Sarita Toshniwal, a postgraduate student of the Assam Medical College while on duty on May 9, the family of the young doctor has sought the State Government�s intervention in having the samples re-examined in another high-grade forensic laboratory outside Assam.

Addressing a press conference, Sushil Toshniwal, brother of the deceased, said that the incompetence of the Forensic Laboratory hindered the CID to the extent that it failed to submit its chargesheet before the court within the stipulated time.

�The Forensic Laboratory has many loopholes in its functioning and it was precisely due to this that it couldn�t produce the reports in the last three months. It has come to our knowledge that the in-charge of the cybercrime/digital forensic unit of the laboratory at Kahilipara is not a computer engineer and thus not qualified for the job,� he said.

Toshniwal further alleged that the official concerned had been suffering from brain tumour for the last two years and that he was operated upon in Max Hospital, Delhi.

�It has been known that his memory has been affected, and he has not been going to office for the last 1-2 years and has not attended any court evidence since then. In his absence, the work of the cybercrime department is done by two totally unqualified third grade and fourth grade employees, and the documents (final reports) are signed by the official concerned named Mukul Kuli,� he said.

Toshniwal said that the DNA report of Kiru Mech, one of the two accused, had turned out to be inconclusive. It is doubtful whether the tests were carried out properly or not, he said.

In a memorandum addressed to GD Tripathi, Home and Political Secretary, Assam, the family urged him to �intervene at the earliest and take proper action for sending the samples and re-examine them in some high-grade institute outside Assam.�

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Family hits out at Forensic Science lab

GUWAHATI, Oct 6 � Alleging laxity on the part of the State Forensic Science Laboratory, which in turn affected CID investigations into the sensational murder of Dr Sarita Toshniwal, a postgraduate student of the Assam Medical College while on duty on May 9, the family of the young doctor has sought the State Government�s intervention in having the samples re-examined in another high-grade forensic laboratory outside Assam.

Addressing a press conference, Sushil Toshniwal, brother of the deceased, said that the incompetence of the Forensic Laboratory hindered the CID to the extent that it failed to submit its chargesheet before the court within the stipulated time.

�The Forensic Laboratory has many loopholes in its functioning and it was precisely due to this that it couldn�t produce the reports in the last three months. It has come to our knowledge that the in-charge of the cybercrime/digital forensic unit of the laboratory at Kahilipara is not a computer engineer and thus not qualified for the job,� he said.

Toshniwal further alleged that the official concerned had been suffering from brain tumour for the last two years and that he was operated upon in Max Hospital, Delhi.

�It has been known that his memory has been affected, and he has not been going to office for the last 1-2 years and has not attended any court evidence since then. In his absence, the work of the cybercrime department is done by two totally unqualified third grade and fourth grade employees, and the documents (final reports) are signed by the official concerned named Mukul Kuli,� he said.

Toshniwal said that the DNA report of Kiru Mech, one of the two accused, had turned out to be inconclusive. It is doubtful whether the tests were carried out properly or not, he said.

In a memorandum addressed to GD Tripathi, Home and Political Secretary, Assam, the family urged him to �intervene at the earliest and take proper action for sending the samples and re-examine them in some high-grade institute outside Assam.�

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