Mrinal was probably shot from close range, forensic experts suspect

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SOUMYA DE SARKAR/ SAGAR RAJAK
MALDA
3 Sep 2018

Three-year old Mrinal Mandal, was shot at from close range, according to forensic expert Chitrakshya Sarkar, who  today along with senior police officers visited the house of the boy at Ramnagar village under Manikchak police station and collected various samples from there.
Those who accompanied Sarkar included among others,  additional SP (Rural) Dipak Sarkar, DSP (Headquarters) Bipul Majumdar, OC, Manikchak, Kunal Das.
The entire house has been kept under elaborate surveillance by the police since the day of incident. Villagers and others are being deterred from visiting the spot, especially the room where Mrinal was shot at on August 30.
“We have collected an empty cell of bullet, sample of blood-stains from the wall and other necessary articles from the spot which would be very crucial for reaching a conclusion and preparing a final report,” said Sarkar.
He, however, refrained from commenting when asked what sort of firearm or bullet was used. “I am not in a position to comment on such issues in detail. The conclusion could be made only after the samples collected are perused and analyzed through multi-disciplinary study,” he said.
Sarkar also said that the doctors attending the baby with bullet injury would be spoken to to gather other necessary details for the examination.
“We have to know from doctors about the number of bullet injuries of the victim and in which angle the bullet hit the baby,” the forensic expert said.
He assures that the preparation of final report would not take more than 10 to 15 days.
Meanwhile, the condition of the baby reportedly remains unchanged on Monday also. A senior doctor of the nursing home, where the baby is kept under minute observation, preferring anonymity said, “It is very difficult to comment on the condition of such patients. Presently, he is responding to treatment. But situation may deteriorate unnoticed anytime.”
Police officials are also tightlipped about the progress of the probe. None has yet been arrested even after elapse of 96 years. “The probe is underway. The forensic report is instrumental for reaching a conclusion. Nothing more should be said in the interest of the probe,” said Dipak Sarkar, additional SP (Rural) today.