Want to know the number of your first information report (FIR)? Or, who is involved in the theft of your luxury car? Just click a mouse and the information will soon be available on your computer screens.
The Bihar police headquarters has initiated a move to connect 225 police stations with the State Crime Record Bureau (SCRB) through Internet. This move would help police stations to send all records related to incidents of crime to the SCRB as well as the state police headquarters on a regular basis.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has asked senior police officials to complete the modernisation of state police’s communication system by 2012. The Centre has sanctioned Rs 68 crore to the Bihar government for the purpose.
In the first phase, important police stations in all the districts will be connected through Internet. Additional Director General (ADG), SCRB, Sunit Kumar said the selected police stations would be connected to district police headquarters as also with the state headquarters.
“The work is being taken up on a priority basis,” he said, adding, “This will help the police catch the offenders even from outside the state.” Initially 225 out of 880 police stations would connect with the NCRB under the Common Integrated Police Application 2006.
Under the scheme, details of the persons arrested in connection with serious offences and their modus operandi will also be made available. The software is being designed to keep track of history sheeters and habitual offenders.
“We are also in the process of introducing the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network System to assimilate details on offenders even taking shelter thousands of kilometres away from the place of occurrence,” said a senior police officer associated with the modernization of the state police.
AIG (Wireless) Jitendra Rana said the Criminal Investigation Department and the Transport Department would also be connected under the scheme. “The police officers deputed at the police stations will be imparted training to collect scientific evidence against the accused involved in Special Reported cases,” he said.
The system would help the police trace those involved in theft and snatching of luxury vehicles from Bihar and other states. At present, members of criminal gangs involved in theft of vehicles commit crime and take shelter in other states to evade arrest. Special identification marks would assist the police in tracing the vehicle lifters.
Bihar has of late turned into a dumping ground of stolen vehicles. Recently, a Kotwali police team arrested eight members of an inter-state gang of vehicle lifters and recovered three luxury vehicles stolen from Maharashtra.
Earlier, a Scorpio stolen from Maharashtra was recovered from the possession of a controversial MLA when the former brutally assaulted the driver of another vehicle at Chiraiyatand overbridge under Kankarbagh police station.