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Forensic test on door

The entrance to the house in the airport area without the door. Picture by Kuntal Chakraborty

The door of the room where the Madhyamgram “gang-rape victim” was found engulfed in flames will be examined by the state forensic laboratory to ascertain whether it had been bolted from outside at the time of the incident or broken open to rescue the 16-year-old girl, CID sources said.

A team led by Damayanti Sen, the deputy inspector general (operations) of the CID, visited the rented house on Thursday morning and took away the door.

The door is now at the CID headquarters in Bhabani Bhavan.

“Forensic experts are expected to come to our office to examine the vital piece of evidence (the door) that we collected from the house in the airport area where the girl and her family stayed after leaving Madhyamgram,” said a CID officer who is a part of the team that is probing the alleged gang rape and murder.

“We could have asked the forensic experts to visit the spot and examine the door. But we didn’t want it. The son of the victim’s landlord is one of the accused now in jail. We decided to take away the door so that no one could tamper with this vital piece of evidence,” said another CID officer.

Sen, the high court-appointed special officer in the case, inspected the room where the victim’s family stayed for a month. She collected some papers and other items besides the door.

The sleuths also examined the doorframe to determine whether there was any mark of forcible entry into the room.

Sources said the team is looking for an answer to a specific question — was the door bolted from outside—which will provide a vital lead to whether the victim was set on fire or she set herself ablaze.

The girl was admitted to RG Kar hospital with severe burn injuries on December 23 and died on December 31. On December 26, she told police that the landlord’s son, Ratan Sil, and one of his acquaintances had set her on fire.

“If experts conclude that the door was bolted from outside, then the victim’s allegation that she was set ablaze becomes strong,” said the officer. “Similarly, if they (experts) find marks of forcible entry inside the room, it will lead us to believe that the door was bolted from inside and the murder allegation would become weak.”

Sen, appointed by the court after a petition by the girl’s father seeking a CBI probe, has been asked to submit a report on February 10.

Tease cuffs

Beleghata resident Arijit Sinha was arrested on Friday evening after he allegedly teased a girl at EE Block in Salt Lake.

Police said a 22-year-old girl was waiting for a bus when Arijit offered her a lift on his bike.

When she refused, Arijit started pestering her. The girl raised the alarm and a few pedestrians nabbed Arijit and handed him over to the police.