Police are using mobile towers location data to verify if the suspects in the Azad Maidan violence were present at the spot when the incident took place. Police are using this information in addition to video footage and photographs in order to identify the accused.
"In cases where we have a tip-off that a particular person was involved in the Azad Maidan violence, we are first checking the mobile phone tower records. If the tower location shows that the person was in the area, we will interrogate him further," said an officer who did not wish to be named. The officer added that if the mobile phone tower location suggests that the suspect was at some other spot, his involvement is ruled out.
Police have also been checking mobile phones of certain suspects for any evidence of inflammatory videos or pictures, he added. When police come across any such material, they delete the same, and issue a stern warning to the person. The officer said that in most cases, the suspects have told them that they saw the video on a popular social networking site and passed it forward.
Despite the crackdown, investigators are complaining interference from local political leaders. "Whenever we pick up a suspect for questioning, local political leaders immediately reach our crime branch unit with the family of the suspect. They ask us not to interrogate the person, claiming he or she is not involved. This hampers our investigations and also affects our morale," the officer said.