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HP to soon have DNA testing facility: Dhumal

Himachal Pradesh would soon have its own facilities for DNA testing which will solve crimes, Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said today.

india Updated: Feb 25, 2009 21:00 IST

Himachal Pradesh would soon have its own facilities for DNA testing which will solve crimes, Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said on Wednesday.

“The process of recruiting DNA experts in the police department has begun,” Dhumal, who also holds home department portfolio, said in reply to a cut motion on state police department in the state assembly.

The CM claimed that records suggested that the crime rate had gone down in the state.

Crimes against SC/ST which were 83 in 2007 had come down to 48 in 2008. Cases of kidnapping had gone down from 171 in 2007 to 151 in 2008, he said.

Dhumal said the state government was paying adequate attention to modernisation of police force for which a proposal of Rs 30 crore has been sent to the centre.

A sum of Rs 11 crore has been earmarked in the annual budget for 2009-10 for police housing, he said

The house rejected the cut motion introduced by Congress members Rajesh Dharmani, G R Mussafir, Yograj and Anil Kumar among others.