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Services / Activities
The services and activities of the department are carried out on the basis of nature of cases and articles to be examined in five technical divisions in the three Chemical Examiner’s Laboratories.
1. EXCISE DIVISION
Liquor samples involved in Abkari cases are examined for the presence of ethanol and its quantification in this division and reports are furnished to the Courts and investigating officers. Similarly liquor samples from the licensed liquor shops and blending and bottling units are examined for detection of adulteration and checking quality being produced and sold out in the state of Kerala. Samples of Medicinal & Toilet Preparations under M&TP Act are examined in this division assessing alcohol content.
2. NARCOTIC DIVISION
The Narcotic drugs and Psychotropic substance involved in various cases registered under NDPS Act 1985 are examined in the Narcotics divisions of all three laboratories under this department. During the year under report a total of 512 cases comprising of 1932 articles were examined and reports furnished to various Courts across the state from this division.
3. SEROLOGY DIVISION
Material objects suspected to be stained with body fluids like blood, semen, saliva, etc.. involved in Murder and Sexual Offence cases are examined for detection of blood, semen and saliva and finding origin and blood group of stains in the serology divisions of the three laboratories under this department. During the year 2009-10 , 1083 cases comprising of 4921 articles were examined and reports issued to various Courts and investigating officers.
4. TOXICOLOGY DIVISION
Forensic analytical toxicology works are being carried out in the Toxicology divisions of the three laboratories under this department. Viscera, Stomach Wash, Blood, Urine, Vomit, Skeletal remains etc.. involved human poisoning cases forwarded by the Medical Officers of Government Hospitals and Police Surgeons are examined for identification and estimation of poisons. Blood and urine samples pertaining to drunkenness cases are examined for determination of blood- alcohol level. 2799 cases of suspected human poisoning cases comprising of 10,561 articles and 362 cases comprising 533 articles of drunkenness cases were analysed.
5. MISCELLANEOUS DIVISION (GENERAL CHEMISTRY DIVISION)
Explosives, Petroleum products, spurious gold, cement, concrete etc.. involved in crime cases are examined in the Miscellaneous divisions of all three laboratories. During the current year 237 cases comprising of 1019 articles were examined in this division.
IV. ACHIEVEMENTS (Success Stories)
During the year 2009-10 about 92,000 Material Objects involved about 24000 cases were received in the laboratory Department for chemical examination. During the year 2009-10, about 85,000 articles involved in about 25,000 crimes were analysed and furnished Certificates of Chemical Examination to various Courts and Investigating Officers from this Department.
The Improvement committee constituted by Government suggested some measures for improving the performance of the Department and Government have accepted the recommendations and the Department is implementing the recommendations stage by stage as follows:
The data sheet and new certificate formats are introduced with the purpose to speed up the recording of analytical data and computer printing of certificates of chemical analysis immediately after completion of analysis. This will enable the departments to issue the certificate very promptly to the Court and investigating officers.