Odisha Minister’s ‘Killer’ Taken to Gujarat for Narco-Analysis Test

Bhubaneswar: Murder accused Assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Gopal Das, who shot dead Odisha health minister Naba Kisore Das in broad daylight, was taken to Gandhinagar in Gujarat on Wednesday for narco-analysis and polygraph tests.
An Odisha Crime Branch Team led by Additional Director General (Crime Branch) Arun Bothra took a flight to Ahmedabad with Gopal Das for the purpose.
The State Forensic Science Laboratory (SFSL) in Bhubaneswar is not having the facility to conduct narco-analysis and brain-mapping tests. So, Gopal was taken to Gujarat for these tests. The court and the accused have given permission for the polygraph and narco-analysis tests.

Earlier, the Crime Branch had conducted a layered voice analysis (LVA) test of the accused with the support of the Central Forensic Science Laboratory, New Delhi. Psychiatrists from the National Institute of Mental Health & Neurosciences (NIMHANS) evaluated Gopal’s psychological conditions. These reports will ascertain whether Gopal is really mentally diseased or he is pretending.
In the Gandhinagar laboratory, the accused Gopal will be administered drugs like sodium pentothal, scopolamine, and sodium amytal during the narco-analysis test. It will take him to a hypnotic state when he is more likely to disclose information, which would usually not be revealed in the conscious state. Through it, the exact reason behind the murder of Odisha health minister Naba Das as well as the possibility of other conspirators behind it can be known.

During interrogation, Gopal is said to have claimed that said he murdered Naba Das as he thought the minister was involved in corrupt and unethical practices.

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