India keen to enlist itself in key Interpol database
India is seeking access to Interpol's databases which will permit the law enforcement authorities to instantly identify anyone attempting to fraudulently enter the country by air, land or sea.india Updated: Dec 21, 2008 13:03 IST
India is seeking access to Interpol's three key operational database services, including those which provide DNA and fingerprint information.
CBI, which represents the 187-member-strong international organisation of police forces in India, has been using only Interpol's 'Nominal' database while cracking numerous cases.
The 'Nominal' database has pictures and details of the wanted persons against whom Interpol has issued notices.
CBI sources said the first service which the agency is eager to enlist itself in, is the Interpol databases on Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD).
With access to this database, immigration officials would be able to carry out direct screening of passports and identity documents on real-time basis against Interpol's global database of more than 16 million stolen and lost travel documents.
Significantly, when Interpol Secretary General Ronald K Noble met Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday, it was one of the main subject of discussion.
According to the international agency, this border-control system would permit the country's law enforcement authorities to instantly identify anyone attempting to fraudulently enter the country by air, land or sea.
If Interpol agrees to the demand, India will join 41 other countries worldwide with this capability.