Kollam: As the verdict in the sensational Uthra murder case is about to be delivered by the additional sessions court here on Monday, dummy experiment and snake's autopsy report will turn crucial in the judgement.
It is a rarest of rare cases and reportedly, the first case in Kerala in which the accused tamed a snake and made to kill a person. The accused Suraj, Uthra's husband made the snake bite her twice. The probe team conducted an experiment using a dummy and live snake to confirm the same.
The objective of experiment was to scientifically prove that Suraj held the snake's head to induce bite as there is a chance that she will escape snake's natural bite. Notably, in natural bite the distance between the fangs (long sharp tooth that secretes venom) will be 1.7 cm. While, if the bite is induced by holding snake's head, then the distance between the fangs may be 2.5 cm. Meanwhile the two bites in Uthara's body were of 2.5 cm and 2.8 cm. From the dummy experiment it was found that the accused induced bite in the victim.
Similarly, the autopsy report of the snake showed that the snake was unfed for at least seven days. The report endorses that the snake was maintained in a plastic jar.
The prosecution has batted that Suraj has not disclose what happened to Uthra, though he was in the room when snake bite her and that's something crucial. Likewise, experts give statements that cobra is very less likely to enter by the window in the room and all other chances can be ruled out.
The additional session court here will pronounce on Monday the verdict in the cold-blooded murder case of Uthra. The case which sent shockwaves across Kerala and triggered debate on crime against women is at a crucial turning point. On May 7, 2020, Uthra was found dead due to snakebite at her house in Anchal. According to the police, Suraj, who married Uthra for financial gain, killed her in a planned murder. The charge sheet was filed on the 82nd day of Suraj's arrest. The investigation was conducted through scientific methods, including dummy trial.
The police conducted an experiment with a dummy of Uthra to collect evidence of snakebite. A police team led by a former rural SP conducted the dummy experiment July last year. Mathrubhumi News has received the video footage of this experiment.
The unique experiment was performed as every minute evidence was crucial in the case. The experiment was conducted at the State Training Institute of the Forest Department. The police team submitted video footage of the experiment and documents to the court.