AIIMS team to assist crime branch

Cuttack: A five member team of experts from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi headed by the head of the department of forensic sciences DR T D Dogra today arrived in the state to provide medico-legal assistance to the crime branch in the Pipli gang rape incident. The expert team conducted medical examination of the rape victim undergoing treatment in the intensive care unit of the SCB medical college and hospital in Cuttack.

The expert team rushed to the SCB immediately after arrival in the state and has suggested further radiological tests after preliminary medical examination of the Pipli gang rape victim. Dr T D Dogra apart, the team comprises DNA and gynaelogical experts. Before arriving at the SCB medical the expert team went to Pipli and had detailed discussions with the doctor who had treated the victim in Pipli. The team members too met the doctors of the Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar who had treated the victim before she was shifted to the SCB medical.

The crime branch had sought medico-legal assistance of the AIIMS expert team in its investigations into the much talked about Pipli rape incident. DR T d Dogra is considered to be a pioneer in the field of forensic science in the country. He had in the past assisted the CBI in the Sohiana rape and murder case in Jammu and Kashir where two young girls were buried under the ground after rape and murder.

The Pipli gang rape incident has created a flutter in the state. The agriculture minister and Pipli MLA Pradeep Maharathi had resigned on moral grounds while the then Superintendent of Police of Puri district was transferred out. The then inspector in-charge of the Pipli police station Amulya Champatiray too has been dismissed from service for dereliction of duty.