Why blood sample of drug victim not collected, asks Punjab and Haryana High Court - ECAS Punjab

Why blood sample of drug victim not collected, asks Punjab and Haryana High Court

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Saurabh Malik

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 30

More than three months after a youth died allegedly of drug overdose, the Punjab and Haryana High Court asked the Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) to determine why a blood sample was not gathered from a wall near the spot.

Blood stain on wall

The petitioners' counsel told the court that a "huge blood stain" was present on a wall at the spot where the victim allegedly took drugs or was administered the same in the presence of the accused-petitioners.

"The DCP would determine as to why, if blood was present on the wall where the deceased is stated to have taken drugs, no sample was taken of that blood for comparison with the blood of the deceased by way of DNA sampling," Justice Amol Rattan Singh stated.

The order came after counsel for the complainant, Harsh Chopra, indicated the absence of scientific probe into the incident. Chopra told the court that a "huge blood stain" was present on a wall at the spot where the victim allegedly took drugs or was administered the same in the presence of the accused-petitioners. He said the post- mortem report did not reflect any wound on the victim's body. Yet, the police also took photographs of the body showing "some wounds".

The matter was brought to the high court's notice after Vishal and Sandeep Singh filed a petition against the state of Punjab and other respondents seeking concession of regular bail in the case.

Justice Amol Rattan Singh fixed the case for further hearing in August third week and directed the forwarding of the bloodstain, if it could still be obtained from the wall, to the authorities concerned for forensic examination and comparison with any samples taken from the victim's body.



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