Hair strands in victim`s fist lands cop in jail

Court noted that DNA profiling of the five hair strands found in the victim`s fist matched with the DNA profiling of the blood sample of the accused.

New Delhi: A Delhi Police Head Constable was on Wednesday jailed for life by a court here for killing a woman ASI, with whom he had an affair, after the DNA profiling of his hair strands found in the fist of the victim besides other evidence proved his guilt.

Ved Prakash, a Head Constable with Delhi Police, was handed down life term by Additional Sessions Judge Narinder Kumar who also imposed a fine of Rs 20,000 on him for strangulating a woman assistant Sub-Inspector Amarjeet Kaur.

The court noted that the DNA profiling of the five hair strands found in the victim`s fist matched with the DNA profiling of Prakash`s blood sample.

"As per the report of the expert, the alleles (a form of gene) present on the hairs, found on the fingers of deceased Amarjeet Kaur matched with the alleles present in the blood sample of accused," the court said.

The prosecution case was that on May 31, 2008, Prakash had called the PCR informing that ASI Amarjeet Kaur was lying unconscious at her government accommodation in old Delhi.

On reaching the site, the crime police team found that Kaur was dead. Prakash, who had called the police, said he had come to visit Kaur and found her lying unconscious.

Kaur`s neighbours, however, stated Prakash used to visit Kaur quite often and that both were seen moving together on many occasions.

The police also found an SMS sent by Kaur to Prakash expressing her love for him and that she longed for his company.

Unfolding the scene of crime, police said Prakash had reached Kaur`s flat on the day of the incident and had an altercation with her on some issue concerning their relationship, which led to a scuffle. During the scuffle, Kaur must have grabbed Prakash`s hair after which he strangulated her with a `dupatta`.

Kaur`s eight-year-old son also deposed that Prakash had taken him and his mother (Kaur) out to India Gate.

"The court finds that accused Prakash was having extra-marital relations with Amarjeet Kaur, that he used to visit her at her flat and that both of them were seen moving together," the judge said.

On the SMS sent by Kaur to Prakash, the court said "from the contents of this text message, it can be said that both of them (Kaur and Prakash) were having a love affair."

The court also emphasised that since Prakash was the only person present in the flat with the victim, the only possible inference that could be drawn was that he had committed the crime.
"Where an incident of murder takes place inside the house, at a time where only the accused and the deceased are present and the evidence fixes the liability for death on inmate of the house present there at relevant time.
"In the absence of any other possible explanation, the only possible inference would be that the accused inmate (Prakash) participated in the crime," the court said. PTI