Mumbai: The missing bulletproof vest of
Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare, killed during the 26/11
terror attacks here, has thrown up several questions regarding
crime scene management with forensic experts calling for
better evidence collection mechanism.
The experts said there was a need to ensure that
officers from the forensic department quickly reach the crime
spot for proper gathering and preservation of evidences in
cooperation with the police.
"Investigating officers must inform forensic
scientists immediately about the crime so that they can work
together from ground zero," N S Rao, former chief of
Directorate of Forensic Science, Ministry of Home Affairs,
told a news agency.
Current practice is such that the investigating
officer directs his subordinates to collect evidences from
the crime scene, which most of the time is not done properly
due to lack of knowledge on the subject, he said.
Seconding his opinion, Rukmini Krishnamurthy, former
Director of the Kalina Forensic Science Lab here said,
"forensic scientists are well trained to retrieve evidence
from the crime scene and can employ proper methods of
recognition, identification, collection and preservation."