Lensman, forensic officer appear in IPS officer killing case
Indore: Two more prosecution witnesses, an official photographer, who took spot pictures, and a forensic expert on Wednesday deposed before the special CBI court here and were cross examined by the defense counsel in the IPS officer Narendra Kumar Singh killing case.
Shivpal Singh Tomar, the government photographer and A K Khan, a Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) expert who examined the dead body and the murder spot appeared before the special CBI court of Justice Anupam Srivastava where they were examined by the CBI Senior Public Prosecutor A H Khan and cross examined by Mahendra Morya the defense counsel for the main accused Manoj Gurjar.
Later Morya told reporters that none of the 26 pictures taken and produced by the prosecution showed any sign of blood stains on wheels of the tractor-trolley, and the photographer during his cross examination agreed that he (Tomar) did not find any blood stain on the tractor-trolley's wheels after the alleged murder of IPS officer Singh.
During cross examination, the FSL expert told the court that his report revealed blood stains on gravel (stone pieces), about 42 feet away from the actual site of the alleged killing, according to Morya.
The defence counsel further quoted the forensic expert saying there were very few microscopic blood stains on tyres of the tractor-trolley and that too could be of come stray animal.
Morya said there was a strong "variation and confusion" in the statements of prosecution witnesses, what the CBI had written in the chargesheet. There appeared to be a serious lacunae in the chargesheet that would be exposed during this trial, Morya said.
The court has framed charges against Manoj Gurjar under Section 304 (culpable homicide) and 353 (use of criminal force to prevent a government official from discharging his duties) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 181 of the Motor Vehicle Act.
Gurjar is accused of mowing down Singh when the latter tried to stop the tractor-trolley loaded with illegally mined stones in Morena district of Madhya Pradesh on March 8 this year.
Thirty-year-old Singh was posted as sub-divisional officer of police at Banmore at the time of incident. No new date of trial has been finalised so far, CBI senior prosecutor Khan said.