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CBI arrests woodcutter, claims Kotkhai case solved

April 26, 2018 04:57 AM

COURSTEY TOI APRIL 26

CBI arrests woodcutter, claims Kotkhai case solved
Says DNA Profiling Led To Suspect
Neeraj.Chauhan@timesgroup.com

New Delhi:

The CBI, in a 12-page status report submitted to the Himachal high court on


Wednesday, claimed to have solved the rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl in Shimla’s Kotkhai area in July last year by tracing the suspect using advanced DNA profiling techniques.

The teenager was raped and murdered on July 4, 2017 on her way home in Balsang village from her school. The rape-murder had led to massive protests in the state and became a major issue during the assembly election.

The CBI arrested 25-yearold Anil Kumar, alias Nilu, a woodcutter, after its team examined around 1,000 persons and recorded statements of 400 persons in the last nine months.

The bureau restarted investigation into the case once it established through call records analysis, narco-analysis, polygraph tests and corroboration of the alibis that the five suspects nabbed by the Himachal police were innocent. The CBI collected a DNA trail of people, history sheeters and families living in the area so that these could be profiled by CFSL experts, who used advanced tests such as percentage and lineage matches to ascertain the clan, family/relatives and the area the suspect belonged to.


Accused frequently changed jobs, phones

C BI sleuths had first ascertained that the suspect was in the age group of 25-45 years. Blood samples of around 250 persons were taken in Kotkhai area and on checking, the CBI found some percentage of one of the DNA samples matched with the DNA of the sample found on a liquor bottle at the crime scene and on clothes and body of the victim.

With this, the CBI zeroed in on Anil Kumar, alias Nilu, who had worked in Haliala forests of Kotkhai in July 2017. His parents in Kangra district had not been in touch with him since September 2016. The CBI then collected DNA samples of his parents and other family members to confirm Nilu was the rapist-murderer. Some 40 CBI sleuths secretly collected intelligence, questioned locals, avoided taking help from local police and compiled a list of 80 persons who could ever get a call from Nilu.

The CBI said the accused followed the news related to the incident, frequently changed jobs, didn’t keep a mobile phone, avoided taking public transport and had cut off any connections with his family and relatives for over a year. On April 13, Nilu made a call to one of the persons on this list and the CBI arrested him from a farm in Roharu, where he was working. He was interrogated for 12 days in Delhi and the CBI confirmed Nilu’s involvement as his DNA matched 100% with the sample

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