Divisional forensic lab goes into operation in Rajshahi

Regional Correspondent, Rajshahi

After Dhaka and Chattogram, a new forensic laboratory has gone into functioning in Rajshahi aimed at infusing dynamism into the activities of identifying criminals, detecting crimes and examining evidences. Dr Mohammd Zaved Patwary, Inspector General of Police inaugurated the forensic lab through a brief function at Rajshahi Police lines on Monday morning.

From now on, the CID will test and investigate into the samples or evidences of the cases of Rajshahi and Rangpur division. The lab started its activities with 51 man power from Monday.  

According to sources, there having no forensic lab in the northern region of the country, all the forensic samples were sent to Dhaka for testing. From now on, nine types of forensic tests will be conducted in Rajshahi Lab. The tests include: Chemical, Ballistic, Handwriting, Finger Print, Microscopic, Foot Print and detection of the counterfeit currency.

The Chemical laboratory will test the Viscera, Narcotics, Acid tests and some more tests including drugs, viscera of dead man, bird and animal, bones, hair, soil, soft tissues exhumed from the grave, presence of poisonous and sedative materials, presence of blood in the sample, presence of blood in samples mixed with acid, explosives, combustible materials, chemicals used in making counterfeit currency and synthesis of various samples will also be conducted in the chemical lab. 

A special crime scene unit has been added to the lab to collect evidence from the scene of crime. There will also be finger and foot print sections and handwriting analysis and photography sections to match prints collected and accelerate investigations. The Finger Print section will find out similarities or dissimilarities  of the collected finger prints from the crime scenes with the fingerprints preserved in AFIS Database. 

Sources informed, the court directs the CID to reveal the mystery of various, sensitive, clueless cases. To unveil the mystery, CID officials so far needed to visit Dhaka with the samples and it would also take a long time to get the report of the tests. Now, those tests will be conducted in Rajshahi within a short time.  IGP Dr Mohammad Zaved Patwary after inaugurating the forensic lab in Rajshahi said, day by day, the modes of crime are changing. 

Technology is being used to commit crime and the crime is also being determined through using technology that is why the forensic lab will be established in all divisional cities of the country in phases. He termed the forensic lab in Rajshahi as an excellent addition.

 All crime related tests excepting the cyber crime and DNA tests will be conducted in Rajshahi. This lab will further increase the capacity of CID, he mentioned.  The inaugural function of forensic lab was attended, among others, by Additional IGP and head of CID Chowdhury Abdullah Al Mamun, DIG, Rajshahi Range AKM Hafiz Akhter, RMP Commissioner Humayun Kabir, DIG of CID Sheikh Nazmul Alam, Superintendent of Police of CID, Rajshahi Shariar Alam and Superintendent of Police of Rajshahi Mohammad Shahidullah.