Neha Verma and her son Param died in the Whitefield accident on February 2, 2018. The report from chemical examiner, FSL, Bengaluru, says there was no petrol in the eight samples tested. The lab had already submitted reports on electrical and other parts, indicating short circuit was the cause.
“Presence of petroleum residues is not detected in articles one to eight,” reads the FSL report that has reached investigators from Whitefield police station.
Neha and Param were found dead inside their Maruti Ritz in the basement parking of an apartment in Whitefield. Her husband Rajesh Kumar filed a police complaint alleging negligence by staff of Kalyani Motors, Kundalahalli, in servicing his wife’s vehicle that resulted in the fire.
Five officials and technicians of automobile major Maruti Suzuki India and eight technical personnel of Kalyani Motors service station in Kundalahalli, where the car was serviced, were chargesheeted in March 2019 for negligence and causing the fire that gutted the Maruti Ritz.
The 13 accused were booked under IPC Section 304 A (causing death due to negligence), citing forensic reports, witness statements and investigation findings.
“The Chemical examiner’s report will be treated as a subsequent document and added to the chargesheet already filed,” an investigating officer told TOI. Deputy commissioner of police (Whitefield division) MN Anuchet said: “Investigation is still on. As and when we get reports or findings, we will add them to the chargesheet.”