The State remained in negative news on account of DNA fudging

Conflict-riddled Jammu and Kashmir, which has had DNA fudging as a mark of its identification, has finally got its full-fledged forensic laboratory on Wednesday. Inauguration of the Rs 11-crore laboratory complex at Bemina, in periphery of the Capital city, was conducted by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in presence of senior government functionaries and Police officers.

Even after many of his ministerial colleagues cancelled most of the inaugurations scheduled on 107thbirth anniversary of the ruling National Conference founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah -- due to enforcement of a model code of conduct that ends on Thursday -- Chief Minister inaugurated the State’s first state-of-the-art forensic laboratory before his departure for the winter Capital of Jammu. Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather was the only other member of the Council of Ministers who proceeded with five inaugurations in his Assembly constituency of Chrar-e-Sharief in Budgam district.

Minister of State for Home Nasir Aslam Wani, Principal Secretary (Home), B. R. Sharma, Director-General of Police, Ashok Prasad, and other senior officers were present on the occasion.

Mr. Abdullah said the fast clearance of cases by FSL would give impetus to the investigations and shorten the process of delivering justice. He was informed that the old FSL had cleared 2250 cases out of 3000 referred to it and the achievement in case of narcotics related cases had been 100 per cent.

Today’s inauguration came weeks after a national conference on forensic science was conducted at the University of Kashmir. As many as 350 delegates from all over the country had participated in it.

Directorate of Forensic Science Services of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs has sanctioned Rs. 83 lakh for creation of the two central Forensic Mobile Units, one each at Srinagar and Jammu. There is also modernization plan of creating new divisions of brain mapping, computer cyber crime, DNA profiling and voice identification to make FSL service more credible and effective in the State.

In the absence of a full-fledged and credible forensic laboratory, J&K has in the past remained in negative news on account of DNA fudging, particularly in the alleged rape and murder of two young women in Shopian in 2009 and the infamous killing of five civilians, all labeled as foreign terrorists and held responsible for massacre of 35 Sikhs in Anantnag, in the year 2000.

An unprecedented controversy had also revolved around the forensic analysis of a pornographic CD purportedly containing visuals of a former Miss Jammu in the middle of last decade.

On the occasion today, Mr. Abdullah highlighted the role of Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) in establishing criminal cases and handing over punishment to the culprits as per the law.

He said fast clearance of cases by FSL would give imputes to the investigations and shorten the process of delivering justice.