With more than 550 cases of unclaimed bodies and missing persons reported every month, the Haryana state crime record bureau (SCRB) has decided to start to an integrated information and assistance centre to track the missing persons.
Sharing the information about the project with the Hindustan Times on Friday, SCRB director Laik Ram Dabas said the bureau had started collecting data of the missing persons and unidentified bodies from all state police headquarters.
He said the entire database, including photographs, clothes and other belongings recovered from the victims, would be prepared and opened for the public's assistance from the first week of September.
Dabas said in such cases, time was a crucial factor and SCRBs in other states would be roped in to flash information of such persons without any delay.
"The issue of unclaimed bodies and missing persons is very serious but the existing policing system has failed to provide any prompt relief whose near and dear ones go missing. Many a time, the aggrieved families end their search without any result and hardly any help from the police department," said Dabas, additional director general of police (ADGP) with the Haryana police.
According to the SCRB data, every month, about 250 unidentified bodies are recovered in Haryana, while 300 cases of missing persons are reported to the state police.
"Canals, railway tracks and fields in secluded areas are the main places from where the bodies are found in Haryana. Most of these killings are done in various parts of Haryana and the bodies are thrown into the canals to ensure that corpses are not recognised," he said.
In several cases, the bodies flow into Haryana through water channels from Himachal Pradesh and Punjab.
Male children contribute to 40% cases of those reported missing every month from Haryana, whereas the number of female constitutes 20%. The rest of the missing persons are said to be adults.
In Haryana, only 40% missing individuals were traced and the rest remain unspotted, said Dabas.
"We have initiated a plan to open the information centre at Haryana Police Academy, Madhuban, near Karnal where the families can search from the database gathered from all SCRBs. However, we plan to shift it to some other place where the families looking for the missing family members could stay in some nearby places till they could check the database," he said.