Learning from mistakes committed in the Sheena Bora murder case, the Raigad police seems to have decided to be careful henceforth.
On Saturday afternoon, a Mangaon police team travelled nearly 150 km with the decomposed skeletal remains of an unidentified person, brining it to the department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Grant Medical College, JJ Hospital, Mumbai, to ascertain the sex, age and cause of death. The skeletal remains were found in the jungle area of Palas village in Mangaon on Friday afternoon.
Sheena Bora's alleged remains were found from this spot in Pen. To prevent delays here on, the Raigad police on Saturday sent a corpse found in Palas village in Mangaon to Mumbai for investigation
The Managon police were informed by Rakesh Pawar, police patil of Palas village, that a few villagers who had taken their cattle near the jungle and returned complaining of an unbearable stench. The cops visited the spot and found the decomposed body.
Speaking to SUNDAY mid-day, investigating officer, police sub-inspector Rahul Dongre of Mangaon police station said the body was decomposed from above the waist, with only the skeletal structure remaining, indicating that animals may have eaten part of the body. A denim trouser seems to have prevented the animals from eating the lower half.
He added, “Heavy rains in the area in the last few days must have accelerated the decomposition. Upon searching the crime scene for clues, we found a shirt (believed to be that of the deceased), carrying the ‘Indigo touch’ label. However, the jeans had no marks. A long nylon rope was hanging on the branch of a nearby tree.” The police will send the rope to the Kalina Forensics Science Laboratory.
A senior police officer said, “Post the Sheena Bora case, instructions from superior officers are clear that there should be no procedural lapses while handling unidentified bodies. We have registered an accidental death case under Section 174 of the criminal procedure code.”
A forensic surgeon attached to Grant Medical College said, “The police wanted us to ascertain the sex, age and cause of death. We have confirmed that the deceased was a male between the age of 25 to 30 years, however the cause of death could not be ascertained, and it has been kept pending for further tests result reports, including DNA examination. The estimated day of death is suspected to be around 10 to 12 days ago,” he added.
The forensic surgeon added, “We have handed over two teeth and bones from vertebra for conducting DNA examination to the Kalina Forensic Lab, while all the other remains will be sent to the Anatomy department of Grant Medical College, as wanted by the police for further investigation.”
Meanwhile, the Mangaon police have started circulating details of the body to various villages in and around Raigad districts, including other district police head quarters, and are seeking details of missing person.