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. The Haryana police claimed to have 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.
“The vans will have fingerprint databank of 5,000 criminals active in restive areas and cops would be able to use the Automatic Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) to find out suspects' criminal background instantly by matching fingerprints with the stored data,” he said.
The AFIS is also equipped with latent searching, electronic image storage and electronic exchange of fingerprints and criminal identification.
The SCRB laboratory at the Haryana Police Academy, Madhuban, has a comprehensive fingerprint databank of nearly 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 will follow the Haryana model to handle criminals,” said Dabas, who had worked as a scientist at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre on project plutonium before joining Indian Police Service.
Dabas said the SCRB was obtaining criminals’ data from neighbouring states of Rajasthan, New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab to effectively check cross-border activities of anti-social elements.