Chargesheet filed in Pari death case; here’re what mentioned in it

Bhubaneswar: The Special Investigating Team (SIT) of the Crime Branch filed a 32-page chargesheet on February 15 under Section 376(A)/376(AB)/364/363/302/201 IPC r/w Sec. 6 of the POCSO Act in CID CB PS Case No-14 dt. 25.11.2020 in the Children’s Court, Nayagarh against a youth arrested in connection with Pari death case.

Initially, a case in connection with alleged kidnap and murder of a minor girl was registered at Nayagarh Sadar PS Case No. No-98 dt. 14.07.2020 U/s 363 IPC. The case was investigated by the Nayagarh district police. Subsequently, the CID Crime Branch took charge of the investigation of the case after registration of CID CB PS Case No. Case No-14 dt. 25.11.2020 and NK Behera was entrusted with the investigation of the case.

Later, the Odisha Government constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the minor girl death case.

During probe the SIT gathered oral, documentary and material evidences. The investigation team arrived at the logical conclusion that the youth was the prime accused in the case. As there is prima facie charge the youth was arrested on December 20, 2020 at 4 PM and was forwarded to the Court of Special Judge (POCSO) Court, Nayagarh on December 21, 2020 and subsequently the case was transferred to the Children’s Court Nayagarh.

The chargesheet reportedly says the investigation has revealed that the semen of a male person was detected on the upper part of the frock of the deceased by the expert at the State FSL Bhubaneswar. Hence, it was deduced that this was a case of rape and murder and there is involvement of a male accused in the case.

The chargesheet further says that due to behaviour of CCL (the Child in Conflict with Law) in lying and avoiding questions, frequent and friendly visits of the victim to the house of CCL, proximity of his house to the spot where the dead body was dumped and according to source information the CCL emerged as the prime suspect in this case.

The list of witnesses and seized articles is also attached to the chargesheet. During the investigation of the case by SIT the CCL was put to Polygraph test and the analysis and evaluation of the polygraph charts of the CCL revealed deceptive response in respect of all relevant questions. Further the CCL also confessed his guilt before the experts of Lie detection Division which has been recorded in Audio Visual mode. A pen drive containing the audio-visual clip of the confession made by the CCL has also been submitted to the court.

According to chargesheet in order to study the mental status of the CCL help of a Counsellor was taken. After the counselling the expert reported that the suspect during interaction confessed about murder of the deceased on 14.07.2020 by throttling after rape and he was inspired to do so on watching porn videos from internet on the mobile phone of his sister during previous night.

In a major revelation the chargesheet says that in the course of investigation the SIT has found independent witnesses who had seen the deceased minor girl going inside the house of accused CCL at the relevant time, this was the last time when the girl was seen alive. Another witness has seen the CCL exiting with a Jute Sack from his house at the time of disposing dead body. The statements of these important witnesses have also been recorded by a judicial magistrate under section 164 CrPC.

During the custodial interrogation of the CCL has confessed his guilt before the independent witnesses and gave recovery of material objects like broken GI wire which he has cut from a long wire to tie the jute sack, leggings of the victim and two Gamucha.

According to the chargesheet the allegation of non-recovery of some bones and use of chemical over the dead body of victim has been ruled out during the investigation after making query to the FMT, SCB Medical College and Hospital Cuttack. It was opined as follows;

(1) The bodily description in PM report and our observation of Photographs does not show any evidence to suggest use of corrosive/ chemical substance.

(2) The body remains are in advanced state of decomposition to a state of skelitonisation. The soft tissues are decayed and transformed into pultaceous masses. As advance decomposition has destroyed anatomical identity of individual organs, it is beyond scientific feasibility in a routine process of autopsy to opine whether any organ has been removed prior or immediately after the death.

(3) Autopsy report mentions about the skull found separated from body and all the rest part of the body were found adhered to each other by very less amount of soft tissues. Hence it shows that the entire bony structure was available at the time of autopsy.

(4) The process of decomposition and decaying of dead body is a natural process. From 5th day onwards collequative necrosis sets in. These processes are hastened by many factors like humidity, moisture, maggot infestation, carnivore animal feeding etc. considering the post mortem interval of 9 days as reveals from investigation, bodily description in PM report and appearance of remains in photographs examined, there is no scientific inconsistency. A dead body can putrefy to the present level of decaying ad skelitonisation in the present circumstances during the PM interval of 9 days.

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