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2021 : Volume 1, Issue 1

Tribulas terristris (Gokhru) A Silent Witness Revealed Blind Murder-A Case Study

Int J Forensic Sci Med Jurisprudence

Article Type : Case Reports


The investigation of death on railway line requires special eagle eye for solving such type of incidences. Microscopic inspection of crime scene, circumstantial evidences, clothing, injury pattern and postmortem report plays an important role and crime scene itself provides several vital information’s. In the present study an important case of suspicious death discussed in which the deceased was found on railway line into two pieces in police station Cantt of district Guna M.P. with plenty of Gokhrus in the head as well as on the body which were notable and rail line were infested with dropping blood drops, which were suggestive of homicidal death of the victim at the crime scene during forensic inspection all the physical evidences circumstances and last seen theory finally connected to the culprits.

Keywords: Physical evidence; Blind murder; Homicide; Forensic investigation


Physical evidence is one of the investigators most valuable possessions in pursuing the investigation to a successful conclusion. It can establish that a crime has been committed or not and establish link between crime, victim and accused. In the present case an unsual vegetable evidence Gokhru indicated something unusual and physical evidence not only established crime also helped in identification of victim and helped in linking crime scene with accused [1-5].

Brief History of the case

Police station Cantt Guna informed to the scene of crime mobile unit Guna that a dead body of unknown person was lying at Guna Pagara line 1090/7 milestone and crime scene visit requested. The Merg No. 68/2001 u/s 174 crpc was registered in P. S. Cantt Guna M.P.

Forensic observations at the Scene of crime

At the scene of crime dead body of a young male was lying in two parts with several Tribulas terristris (Gohkrus) in the head and in clothing which were indicating homicidal death of the deceased, no railway ticket and suicide note recovered which were creating suspicion on the death. After searching rail line, a track to Khejra road blood pool, button and two blood stained tooth were recovered. The bloodstain pattern was also suggestive of struggling and drag marks and blood drops from height fall and tyre marks of two wheeler appears like scooter tyre were present. Now on the basis of these physical evidence it was clear that it is a case of homicide. On the basis of reconstruction, it is presumed that struggle with unknown persons then they injured victim and body dragged to the railway line to pretend like as accident. During the course of the investigation, the body of the victim identified by the relatives of the victim as Mr. Harlal s/o Prahbulal Kushwah aged 35 years R/O Banskhedi. On the suggestion of crime scene mobile unit, the crime no 468/01 u/s 302, 201 IPC registered [Figures 1-8].

Figure 1: Victim body head contains Gokhrus.

Figure 2: Rest body part.

Figure 3: Railway line showing blood droplets.