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National database of criminals needed to speed up probe: Modi

india Updated: Jan 18, 2009 19:57 IST

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Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that to fight war against terrorism there is a need for a national-level database of convicts and suspects which could be utilised to speed up investigation.

Speaking at the inagural session of the 19th All India Forensic Science Conference in Ahmedabad , Modi said, "We have to prevent the terror as well as the terror intentions. In the war against terrorism forensic science is going to play a major role."

"We need to create a database of all the criminals at national level with the help of forensic science. Only database of those who have been convicted will not do, we also need similar database for suspects," the Chief Minister said.

"Formation of a database with information which would include DNA maping, fingerprint, voice and face recognition, would expidite the criminal investigation process and may also help in detection of crime at an early stage," Modi said while adressing over 400 delegates from across the country and abroad.

However, Modi said that this would require changes to be made in the existing laws by the Union government.

"The formation of a national level database is not possible till the government of India makes changes in the laws. A detailed note in this regard has been already submitted to the government and the country is awaiting the response," he said.