Timely furnishing of test reports by APFSL delays police inquiry 

ITANAGAR, Feb 28: The lone Arunachal Pradesh Forensic Science Laboratory (APFSL) at Police Training Centre (PTC) Banderdewa has failed to furnish test reports early causing delay in solving crucial cases.

The APFSL caters to only analyzing fingerprints, handwriting, currency and usually carries out narcotic tests, ballistic test (finger print) which compelled the state police to send their samples especially, biological related, to Guwahati based Central Forensic Laboratory, wasting precious time.

“As forensic opinions are crucial to substantiate cases which most of the time take long, filing of charge sheet equally gets delayed under NDPS Acts related cases. Sometime its take six months to a year, as and when the lone female forensic expert (Narcotic) goes in maternity leave,” said a police officer on condition of anonymity.

“Even after she joins duty, cases piled up causing delay in furnishing the report early. At least one division should have two experts when one goes in leave other can continue,” the officer suggested.

The most crucial division ‘Biology & DNA’ is yet to be started in the laboratory. Any rape or other biological related cases are being sent to CFL Guwahati causing delay in expediting key cases and became expensive too, sources at the laboratory disclosed.

The state needs to have a full-fledged forensic laboratory, the sources said.

So many cases are still pending due to lack of well equipped laboratory though it plays a critical role in investigation of serious crimes, including rape, sexual assault cases. Moreover, speedy trial is delayed due to late filing of FSL reports. Early and timely catering of FSL tests report would help to curb growing crime rates in the state, the sources added.

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