THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The delay in getting the call detail records from a mobile service provider, scientific analysis of the chappals recovered from the spot and the time required for analysis of the scientific evidence collected were the major hindrances faced by the initial team that probed the Jisha case in zeroing-in on the accused.
Denying the allegations over cremating Jisha's body, police sources clarified that it was as per her sister's request citing insufficient space to bury the body that it was cremated. After collecting enough samples from the body and completing other legal formalities, it was handed over to her relatives.
It was their discretion either to cremate or bury the body. Jisha's sister was learnt to have made a written request in this regard and the police granted their nod as there were no legal obstacles. Even as there were widespread allegations of lapses by the initial investigation team, police sources pointed out that the work done by the initial team could not be downplayed as almost all crucial pieces of evidence were collected by them. Moreover, many middle-level officers who were part of the initial investigation were associated with the new investigation team as well.
“A hair suspected to be that of the accused, six DNA samples, including one from Jisha's dress, and bloodstained footwear were collected from the spot by the initial team only. Moreover, the call details of all nearby mobile towers and that of Jisha's phone and even video footages of CCTV systems in the nearby localities were also recovered initially. It required time to analyse these pieces of evidence and zero-in on the accused. Even ADGP B, Sandhya, who took over the probe, had stated that it would take time to solve the case,” police sources pointed out.