Smart policing: Karnal police to use WhatsApp to curb corruption

  • Vishal Joshi, Hindustan Times, Karnal
  • Updated: Dec 09, 2014 22:52 IST

Taking a cue from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call for smart policing, the district police authorities are ready to launch an anti-corruption helpline on WhatsApp, a mobile application, to entrap unscrupulous officials
or elements.

In January this year, the then Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had also urged the people to use their mobile phones to conduct sting operations against corrupt officials and share the details via a landline helpline number.

Superintendent of police (SP) Abhishek Garg told HT on Tuesday that the platform would allow people to upload video or audio clips regarding any incident of corruption or other crimes which would be used as evidence in the case.

"We are ready with the novel project and it will be launched within a week where people can make best usage of their mobile phones to help the police in curbing the crime. Soon, the numbers will be made public where general public will be encouraged to give police clues of crimes witnessed by them," said Garg.

The SP said that the Whatsapp messenger was used widely by people so the platform would be used widely to curb corruption and other criminal activities.

He said the use of Facebook for similar experiences was also in the offing. Once uploaded on the messenger, a dedicated team of police officials under the direct supervision of the SP would take note of the cases and probe it confidentially.

Garg said that since the messages would be sent by active mobile SIM card users, there would be no nuisance.
"Informants would be kept secret by the police. People will be invited to send their suggestions on traffic management and other related issues on Whatsapp," said Garg.

SP Abhishek Garg said that the city would soon be covered under electronic surveillance as 100-odd spots had been identified to install close circuit television (CCTV) cameras.

"I have submitted a detailed proposal where funds from the municipal corporation could be used for installing CCTV cameras. Sensitive sites have been marked and I hope that it will become a reality in two months," he said.

According to him, in the second phase, other towns of the district would be equipped with similar modern tools of policing.

In an attempt to regulate the traffic on the national highway-1, the district administration has announced to install traffic lights on all intersections in the city. Due to the absence of traffic lights and signals, several fatal accidents have taken place on the highway.

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