KOCHI: In a major development in the Sampath custodial death case, Forensic Science Department of the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) has submitted a report to the CBI that the injuries found on the body of the victim could have been inflicted by police batons. Three batons, including an IPS one, had been sent to the Forensic Department for confirming whether the injuries were inflicted by those.
The batons were examined by Sanjeev Laluan, Assistant Professor, Forensic Science Department. There were eight injuries on the shoulder and chest of Sampath.
After examining the batons, Sanjeev reported that the injuries were caused by blunt objects similar to the batons. According to the report, the bruises similar to tramline, the abraded skin contusion and superficial lacerated wound have been caused by a blunt object similar to batons.
The CBI had earlier filed a chargesheet before the Ernakulam Chief Judicial Magistrate Court, giving clean chit to two IPS officers in the case.
The CBI, in the chargesheet, had stated that the injuries found on the body of Sampath did not occur after being hit by the IPS batons.
However, the court did not accept the chargesheet and returned it to the CBI.
Sampath died allegedly in police custody at the River-side cottage, Malampuzha, on March 29, 2010. Policemen allegedly carried out third-degree torture on him after he was arrested in connection with a murder case.