Blood group riddle in Binay case

Ranchi: Assistant forensic examiner Nishant Kumar, who appeared as prosecution witness in the Sapphire International School case on Tuesday, could not shed light on technicalities of blood and DNA reports prepared by the Hotwar lab, but admitted that they found two different blood groups on the murder spot.

During his examination in the court of additional judicial commissioner-cum-special CBI judge Shivpal Singh, Kumar only identified the documents prepared after collection of blood samples from near the teachers' hostel on the Hardag campus where Class VII student Binay Mahto was found fatally injured on February 5, 2016.

"I have assisted in examination of samples. Biological and serological tests were done by assistant director (of forensic science lab) H.K. Sinha while DNA profiling was done by then director-in-charge R.S. Singh. I typed the report," he said when the exhibits were shown in court.

Every time the defence attempted to ask any technical question, Kumar said he was just an assistant examiner and not competent enough to offer details.<>The witness, however, mentioned that two types of blood were found on the spot. "Exhibits 'A' to 'M' contained blood of Group O while exhibits 'N1' and 'N3' had blood of Group B," he said, adding that Binay's blood group was O-positive.

Public prosecutor Ashok Kumar Rai said more witnesses would be produced in court. "On January 29, we are planning to examine either fingerprint expert Neeraj Sahay or first investigating officer of the case Rajeev Ranjan," he added.

Suicide bid

Jamshedpur: An 18-year-old boy, burdened with medical loans, made an abortive suicide bid by slitting his throat at his home in Kasidih on Monday night. Amit Prasad has been admitted to MGM Medical College and Hospital, where doctors said the wound was deep and would take weeks to heal.

Amit had met with a road accident in 2015 and had incurred a medical bill of over Rs 1 lakh, which he borrowed from three people, but could not fully repay. A government cheque of Rs 30,000 too couldn't be used because of a name error.


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