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24-hr audio-video footage

BHOPAL POLICE are soon going to have 24-hour computerised audio-video footage of all activities happening inside a police station, particularly recording statements, registering FIRs and interrogation. This is probably the first time that this facility is being introduced in the country.

india Updated: May 02, 2006 22:02 IST

BHOPAL POLICE are soon going to have 24-hour computerised audio-video footage of all activities happening inside a police station, particularly recording statements, registering FIRs and interrogation. This is probably the first time that this facility is being introduced in the country.

MP Electronics Development Corporation has been entrusted the task of developing the system for Bhopal police.  A demo system has already been installed and tested at the Jehangirabad police station.

“The system will greatly increase accountability and responsibility and tremendously enhance the level of transparency in the working of the police,” Bhopal range IG Sanjeev Kumar Singh told reporters while addressing a press conference at the Police Control Room here today.

He added once the system was implemented, neither the police personnel nor the accused would be able to manipulate statements or tamper with any data provided by them earlier during the course of investigations.

He emphasised the police had been making efforts for all-round improvement over the past two months and the results of that exercise would be visible after six months. “We are working towards strengthening the investigation system so that conviction rates can be increased to at least 75 per cent,” Singh asserted.  At present, the conviction rate was just about 30 per cent, mostly due to loose and ineffective investigations that resulted in lack of necessary evidence required for conviction.

Earlier, Singh had also convened a meeting of all police officers above CSP rank posted in the range to review the law and order situation. The meeting looked into ways of achieving a remarkable professional improvement in the force’s working. It was also informed that eight accident response teams had been constituted and they had effectively handled 223 cases in the past two months. The meeting also compared the number of various crimes happening in the first four months of 2006 with those occurring in the same months in 2005 and 2004.

 

‘Right man held in Sonal case’
RUBBISHING CERTAIN recent media reports hinting at a lapse in police investigations in the Sonal Jadhav blind murder, IG Sanjeev Kumar Singh emphasised the police had arrested the right man and all evidence was there to support the police’s premise.

“A totally professional way of investigation has been followed in the case and police are bang on target as far as arresting the accused is concerned,” Singh claimed. He added the police did not arrest anyone until they were fully sure of the person’s involvement in a crime.

“It is factually incorrect to say that Mukesh Acharya (the accused) is innocent,” Singh asserted. He reasoned that police and medico-legal experts had conducted complete analysis of all evidence and statements in the case and Mukesh had been arrested only after confirmation of all evidence against him.