In an effort to solve a murder mystery, the Kerala Police recreated the crime scene by letting loose an actual cobra. Police personnel enacted a rarely used scientific test with a dummy to solve the case, in which a woman was allegedly murdered by her husband using a cobra. Now, a video of the experiment put out by the police has gone viral.
In 2020, the victim, named Uthra, a resident of Kollam, was bitten twice by a viper. While the 25-year-old was recovering at her parents’ house, she was bitten again by a cobra, which eventually led to her death.
The footage, put out by the Kerala Police, displayed the snake moving into the corner of the room without biting the dummy. A piece of chicken was tied to the hand of the dummy to find out if the snakebite was induced and not natural.
In the dummy run carried out at the State Training Institute of the Forest Department, the police used a dummy that had the same weight of the woman, Mathrubhumi News reported. The video of the act, which was conducted in July 2020, along with documents was submitted to a court earlier this month, the report said.
“The snake was made to bite on the meat and the depth of the wound was determined. The difference between a wound caused by a natural snakebite and the wound caused when the snake is made to bite the victim could be understood through this process,” the report explained.
In reality, the victim (Uthra) bitten by a 150 cm long cobra and had two wounds 2.5 cm and 2.8 cm deep. However, in the experiment carried out, the injury caused by the snakebite in natural situation was 1.7 cm.
Only provocation led to a deeper injury. The cops found a 2.4 cm deep wound when the snake was forced to bite the chicken piece tied onto the hand of the dummy, the report stated.
The victim had been bitten by a snake in May last year, when she and her husband were asleep with their one-and-a-half-year-old kid. The cops started an investigation after the woman’s family doubted her husband.