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Ramakanta Biswas

Bhubaneswar: The State Forensic Laboratory, Bhubaneswar could not determine the group of the semen found on the frock of the five-year-old girl in Nayagarh district who was allegedly raped and murdered.

The Forensic Lab authorities, who conducted the chemical examination of the frock and a jute sack, in a letter to the Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate, Nayagarh stated that "Human semen stain was detected in the exhibits marked as F (Fx) and F (Fy) (One piece of frock having orange, white and blue colour with red and white flower printed on it) whose group could not be opined due to degradation."

It further added that blood and semen stains could not be detected in the exhibits marked as G and H (One old torn jute sack and one piece of old IG  wire of 50cm). Besides, bloodstain could not be detected in the exhibits marked as F.

The local police had recovered skeletal remains, one frock and a GI wire wrapped in a gunny bag from the backyard of the minor girl's house, 10 days after she had gone missing. The police had stored the items for many days before producing them in court.

Now, questions are being raised as to how the Special Investigation Team (SIT), probing the sensational murder case, will prove that the semen belongs to Saroj Sethi who has been arrested by the SIT in connection with the case.

Speaking on the findings of the forensic lab, Saroj's lawyer Prafulla Satpathy said, "The person who conducted the examination will produce the evidence before the court and accordingly the court will cross-examine him and take a decision."

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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