ITANAGAR, July 18: The North East Human Rights Organization (NEHRO), in a memorandum to state home minister, has sought establishment of regional forensic science laboratory (RFSL) and district mobile forensic unit (DMFU) in Arunachal Pradesh.
Claiming that the GoI had approved one RFSL and DMFU one DFSLU with sanction of Rs.8 crore for RFSL and Rs one crore DMFU, the NEHRO said that the MoU was signed by the ministry for the purpose and f Rs.3.65 crore was released by the Union MoHA in 2010. However, Rs.50.19 lakh interest has accrued against the fund, totaling it to Rs.4.15 crore for establishment of RFSL & DMFU.
Thus, the NEHRO urged to take up the matter on priority for their early establishment in Capital Complex, Papum Pare district by utilizing Rs .3.65 crore MoHA funds including accrued interest and hoped that the RFSL would be have a full-fledged biology/serology division, as present FSL at Banderdewa PTC lacks such facility for which related cases are referred outside the state to hamper investigation into cases.
It also urged the GoAP to purchase required MFU vans equipped with amenities which will be helpful for preliminary tests at crime scene itself for evidence.
So many cases are still pending due to lack of well equipped FSL in NE region though it plays a critical role in investigation of serious crimes, including sexual assault cases and speedy trial is delayed due to late filing of FSL reports, it said by citing the example of murder of Tezu Indra Gandhi College student Arun Modi, whose FSL reports are still awaited. Lohit SP has informed that the FSL report of the case was not received even one year after the sample was sent to Kolkata FSL for test, the NEHRO secretary (state affairs) Buteng Tayeng said, adding the facilities would help curb growing crime rates in the state.