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Dharamshala forensic lab to have DNA testing facilities

Earlier, the facility was only available in State Forensic Science Laboratory at Junga in Shimla district.

Statesman News Service | Shimla |

The Regional Forensic Science Laboratory (RFSL) at Dharamshala in Kangra district would become the second lab in the state to have DNA testing facilities.

Earlier, the facility was only available in State Forensic Science Laboratory at Junga in Shimla district.

The foundation stone of DNA Block of northern range RFSL Dharamshala in Kangra district was laid by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur last evening.

This facility which would cost around Rs one crore, would the cops of Chamba, Kangra, Una districts to get DNA reports from RFSL Dharamshala.

Thakur directed to complete the construction of the building within one year and also directed to put up other requirements of the department to encourage use of more scientific tools which are employed in criminal investigations as it brings transparency and speed in the investigation.

He also appreciated the efforts of the department and formally released first NABL accredited report of cyber crime of Kangra district.

“RFSL, Dharamshala is the first regional lab in the country to get accreditation from National Accreditation Board for testing and Calibration Labs. The RFSL has successfully participated consecutively in the proficiency testing for the last two years with Asia’s best Government Forensic Laboratory, Hong-Kong,” he said.

The Chief Minister also inaugurated Video Conferencing facility at RFSL, Northern Range, Dharamshala which has recently been acquired by incurring expenditure to the tune of Rs 10 Lakhs.

The state-of-art for Expert testimony through video conferencing was created under the State Innovation Fund and dedicated 2 Mbps line provided by the Information and Technology Department.

“This facility would save man hours of forensic experts in transit and will help to utilize the saved time in generating quality reports after analysis of cases and would expedite disposal of crime cases analysis of cases to increase disposal of crime cases,” he added.