27 January, 2021

Forensic Clinch

The DNA proves Tripathi's patrimony. Now the murder Updates

Nirala Tripathi
Forensic Clinch
Sinners will be punished," Shanti Devi, mother of murdered poetess Madhumita Shukla, says when told that preliminary tests have proved that the DNA samples of the six-month-old foetus her daughter was carrying at the time of her death matched the blood samples taken from BSP MLA and former minister Amarmani Tripathi. Madhumita's murder on May 9 had caused a sensation in Lucknow and the needle of suspicion ever since had pointed consistently towards Tripathi with whom she was alleged to have had an affair.

Though the DNA tests are preliminary in nature, they have become the talk of the town. On September 5, a close relative of Madhumita told Outlook that the family's suspicions had been confirmed: "We were all awaiting the DNA tests (result). Now that it's come, it's for the CBI to do the needful and arrest the guilty." CBI sources say Tripathi will now have a lot of explaining to do.

The investigating agency has already interrogated him on four occasions. He was quizzed in Delhi and the day the preliminary results came in, his wife Madhumani was being...


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