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Haryana cops to go hi-tech to nab suspects

chandigarh Updated: Mar 16, 2012 21:04 IST
Vishal Joshi
Vishal Joshi
Hindustan Times
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Aimed at strengthening crime prevention system across Haryana, the state police plans to depute well-equipped "pehchan kaun" vans at 30 spots in all districts by the first week of April.

Fitted with advanced mobile fingerprint scanner, the facility will enable police on field duty to identify criminals and link the suspects to crimes instantly.

Early this month, the state police started a pilot project at Panipat. Haryana police claimed to become the only state in the country where such an ultra-modern facility was introduced by any security agency.

A brainchild of state crime record bureau (SCRB) director Laik Ram Dabas, the ambitious project would help police identify criminals with the help of a click of the mouse.

He said that the vans would have fingerprint databank of 5,000 criminals active in restive areas and cops would able to use Automatic Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) to know criminal background or otherwise of suspects instantly by matching fingerprint with the stored data.

AFIS is also equipped with latent searching, electronic image storage and electronic exchange of fingerprints and criminal identification.

The SCRB laboratory at Haryana Police Academy, Madhuban, has a comprehensive fingerprint databank of about 2 lakh from Haryana and the field staff would have access to the central server through internet.

"We have used effective advanced techniques available elsewhere in the world to curb crimes. It is not an expensive technology and we are sure that others would follow Haryana model to handle criminals," says Dabas, who had worked as a scientist at Bhabha Atomic Research Center on project plutonium before joining Indian Police Service.

Dabas said that the SCRB was obtaining criminals' data from neighbouring states of Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab etc to effectively check cross-border activities of anti-social elements.