Two people, Advocate Shankaregowda GP (45) and his associate Aruna N (23) are accused of killing a 17-year-old boy in Bengaluru.
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A 17-year-old boy went missing in May 2022 was a mystery. On May 19, 2022, around 11 PM, the teenager left his residence after informing his mother that he had to shift the files from the old office to the new office of advocate Shankaregowda and did not return.
His mother filed a complaint after confirming that the boy was missing on May 24.
On the preliminary investigation, it was found that the boy’s last location was the office of Shankaregowda, and during the investigation, the police established that advocate Shankaregowda and his associate Aruna, who were residents of Kanakapura, are homosexuals. On the inquiry, the police also found that they had sexually abused and murdered the teenager.
Initially, the accused were tight-lipped about the crime. On account of sexually abusive photos and videos of the boy on the two people’s phones, they were taken into judicial custody. A charge sheet was filed against the duo under IPC sections 201 (causing disappearance of the evidence or giving false information to the investigator), 202 (intentional omission to provide information or notice about the offense), 342 (punishment for wrong confinement), 377 (unnatural offenses), 504 (intended to provoke breach of peace), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation), 176 (omission to give notice or information to a public servant by personal legal counsel to bind it), and under a few sections of the POCSO Act,
The defendants did not reveal the later occurrences to the boy after the homicide. Later, on November 17, 2022, the accused filed bail petitions, which were rejected by the court.
Being clueless, the police approached the court to permit the former to set up the duo for scientific tests, especially a polygraph test and brain mapping test. On December 8, 2022, the judiciary joined hands with the police and provided various conditions, including the acknowledgment of the accused.
Brain Mapping Test-Brain Electrical Oscillation Signature Profiling (BEOSPort BEOS) is an EEG (Electroencephalography) technique to detect a person’s participation in a crime by the results of electrophysiology. It is also called “brain fingerprinting.”
The procedure of brain mapping:
- A Pretest interview should be conducted with BEOS.
- Should acknowledge the subject of BEOS
- Informed consent is acquired.
During BEOS, a person shouldn’t be interrogated about the crime.
Instead, possible details/events about the crime can be provided.
Based on them, an analysis is made to determine if the brain responds to any involvement in the crime or generates any empirical evidence.
Karnataka Forensic Science Study introduced the BEOS in November 2022 and has put the accused to the test.
The brain mapping test reports confirm that the accused have been involved in the murder of the teenager.
Ramanagara SP K Santhosh Babu said, “We will take the accused into custody to interrogate him about the details of the murder’s occurrence and the whereabouts of the body.”
He said this is the first instance of citing a criminal offense by brain mapping.
In addition, police informed them that the duo had disposed of the body by throwing it into a river after the killing.
Finding the body is unattainable, as it was disposed off seven months ago in a flowing river.