GUWAHATI, Oct 12 - Often pulled up for delay in submission of reports, experts at the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) here have disposed off more than 90 per cent of the total pending cases sent by the law-enforcing agencies for examination to ballistic and toxicology divisions, and that too in a record time.
Experts believe that the fast-paced initiative would go a long way in ensuring speedy investigation and time-bound submission of charge-sheets.
Sources informed that if this trend continues, the ballistic and the toxicology divisions would clear all the pending cases by the end of this year, which would be unprecedented.
According to reports, the Ballistic Division, which primary deals with exhibits like fire arms and cartridges suspected to be used for commission of crimes, has brought down the backlog of cases from over 400 to just 20 in the last 12 months.
Similarly, the Toxicology Department, which examines body fluid, suspected poisonous substances, bones or exhumed remnants, too had submitted reports related to nearly 600 cases, reducing the number of pending cases to just below 40.
The record pace of disposal has been largely attributed to appointment of new forensic experts in various divisions and induction of state-of-the-art machinery in the laboratory.
�Further, experts are working day in and day out to ensure that the reports are prepared in the quickest possible time,� the sources said.
�Not just the ballistic or the toxicology divisions, all the other divisions, barring a couple, are working on a war-footing to clear the backlog,� sources added.
�The Questioned Paper Division is another section which is doing extremely well,� sources pointed out.
Sources further said that the Guwahati laboratory has some of the most sophisticated equipment and with more and more vacant pots being filled up, there is no doubt that the lab would be back on track very soon.