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Police awaits forensic reports in Saidabad rape-murder case

Published: 17th Sep 2021 10:23 pm | Updated: 18th Sep 2021 12:03 am

Hyderabad: Even after his gory death on the railway tracks on Thursday, Pallakonda Raju, the only suspect in the rape and murder of the six-year-old girl in Saidabad, continues to keep the City Police on their toes. The police now have a major task staring at them – that of proving that Raju was guilty of the rape and murder, a job that is not going to be easy at all, considering both victim and suspected perpetrator are not alive.

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Based on circumstantial evidence obtained so far, the City Police are maintaining that only Raju (30) was involved in the crime. They are now speeding up the legal process to close the case as soon as possible, with scientific support.

Right now, an official said, the police have two tasks, to prove beyond doubt to the court that the body found on the railway track in Warangal was that of Raju and that it was him who raped and killed the child. The scientific solution for both the questions is a DNA test. The police have already obtained the DNA sample of Raju and his family members, which have been sent to the Telangana State Forensic Science Laboratory for matching.

“Though we have enough circumstantial evidence including the tattoo marks on the suspect’s hands apart from his biological mother confirming his identity, unfortunately there has been doubts over his identity. The DNA test will help in confirming his identity,” an official associated with the investigation said.

Secondly, the police will also have to produce forensic evidence to prove that Raju raped and killed the girl. For this, semen samples of the suspect will be crucial. The CLUES team has already collected the girl’s clothes, from where the semen stains will be collected and tested. Usually, in such crimes, the suspect is made to undergo a potency test and his semen samples are collected and matching is done. In this case, Raju’s semen samples will be collected from the clothes or from the DNA sample.

“The girl’s body was found at the suspect’s house after the crime and other clues obtained at the spot indicate he is the perpetrator. However, to have a scientific corroboration, the semen stains on the victim’s clothes and the suspect’s sample should match. This will bring the case to a logical ending before the court,” the official said, adding that the FSL reports were awaited. Once they came, the legal proceedings would start.

Judicial probe ordered into Raju’s death

Hyderabad: The Telangana High Court comprising Acting Chief Justice MS Ramachandra Rao and Justice T Amarnath Goud on Friday ordered a magisterial inquiry into the alleged suicide of rape, murder accused Pallakonda Raju.

Hearing a lunch motion petition of Professor Gaddam Laxman, Civil Liberties Committee, the High Court directed a magisterial inquiry into the suspicious death by the III Metropolitan Magistrate, Warangal. It also directed the government to submit videography of the post-mortem to the Principal District Judge, Warangal and the Judge was directed to send the same to High Court Registry at the earliest. The panel made it clear that family members or any persons having any material about the issue can produce the same before the Judge. The Magistrate has been asked to submit the report within four weeks.

The petitioner raised serious apprehension that the police killed him in custody without producing him before the court of law. On enquiry by the court about the remains of the body, the Advocate General said that the body was cremated in the presence of family members at Warangal on Thursday. When Advocate General said the petitioner allegations are merely based on suspicion and that there are seven eyewitnesses including the Konark Express train pilot, the panel said, “There are two versions — one from you and the other from the petitioner about the death of the rape accused. Therefore, this matter requires a judicial inquiry according to the code of Criminal Procedure,” the panel stated and adjourned the case by four weeks.

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