Forensic students at Amity Dubai carry out unique ballistic tests

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United Arab Emirates – In a unique project in the area of forensic ballistics, Amity University Dubai students, Mohammed Omar Bin Hendi and Ms Nisreen Hassan, in association with Sharjah Shooting Club, carried out the ballistic tests on a dummy imported from the United States of America to understand the injuries caused by different types of firearms and their impact on human body.

The research conducted on a gel body, with same tensile strength as that of a human body, provided the students an ideal environment to carry out the ballistics. A number of firearms, including Glock pistol, CZ 75 Sport IPSC, Kadet Sport II, Berretta pistol, and Smith and Wesson Revolver along with four rifles, AK47 Rifle, Steyr Rile, Bushmaster, and Carbine were used in this experiment. The calibres of bullets used were 0.22mm, 0.223mm, 0.38mm, 0.40mm, and 9mm. The research was excellent and the results were found to be very significant to establish the range of firing and the type of the firearm.

Ballistics is the area of forensic science that deals with firearms; how they are used, why they are used and why they are used frequently in the practice of murder. Ballistics is a very important part of the world of forensic science and much of its evidence is used in criminal proceedings. In some cases, the use of ballistics research can prove a link between many different crimes carried out over a lengthy period of time.

Dr N Ramachandran, pro-vice-chancellor of Amity University Dubai while congratulating the students on this successful ballistic test said: “Forensic sciences is a growing area of study in Dubai and our constant engagement with the industry and law enforcement agencies provide students unique opportunities to learn and practice on cutting edge technologies in this area.”

The students shaped the research in a way so it can be utilised by the various ballistics and forensic experts of the nation as well as abroad to understand the injuries caused by different types of firearms. The experiment first of its kind developed by the university students will go in a long way in approximate evaluation of the type of firearm and range of firing in such various cases of violence to help police in solving various types of violent crime.