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Jharkhand: Cops getting smart, using social media for leads

Jharkhand cops make use of Facebook, WhatsApp groups and their indigenous internal social media system to crack crime cases. The success records in missing and theft cases have improved radically.

ranchi Updated: Jun 26, 2015 12:24 IST
Manoj Choudhary
Ranchi

The Jharkhand police recovered a missing girl within 30 minutes in! Sounds unbelievable, but it is true and the credit goes to a social messenger WhatsApp.

The police officials, specially those serving in Seraikela-Kharsawan and East Singhbhum districts, said they were making use of Facebook, besides WhatsApp groups and their indigenous internal social media system, named Complainant Management System (CMS), to crack crime cases.

The results have been remarkable, said Seraikela Kharsawan superintendent of police (SP) Indrajeet Mahatha referring to the recent recovery of the missing girl.

He said, the girl who had scored low marks in the ICSE examinations, escaped from her home in Adityapur under depression. He posted the details of the missing in a Whatsapp group.

“Over 50 police officials are in the WhatsApp group made by the SP, who has made his number public to receive tipoffs and better crime management." The WhatsApp groups were formed last month and the Seraikela-Kharsawan district police had received over 50 complaints within 15 days.

Out of them, 25 cases had been solved while investigation was on in the rest. missing girl’s photographs to various officials of the government railway police (GRP) and within 30 minutes, she was recovered from the Subarnrekha Express.”

Over 50 police officials are in the WhatsApp group made by the SP, who has made his number public to receive tipoffs The East Singhbhum and West Singhbhum police have also created a social networking groups for faster information and photograph sharing.

Senior officials in the Kolhan division too said the victims were approaching them through the Facebook and other social media sites. This has helped them keep track of developments and monitor specific updates and share information among police officials. and better crime management.

Mahatha said the WhatsApp groups were formed last month and the Seraikela-Kharsawan district police had received over 50 complaints within 15 days. Out of them, 25 cases had been solved while investigation was on in the rest, he said, adding the police were receiving an average of three complaints daily through their social media network.

“We have developed a districtlevel internal social media system called Complainant Management System (CMS). The case information is downloaded through this system which goes to three recipients, including me. The victims are regularly updated about the case progress on their cell phones”, Mahatha said.

The East Singhbhum and West Singhbhum police have also created a social networking groups for faster information and photograph sharing. Senior officials said social media and WhatsApp were just one of them.

Senior officials in the Kolhan division too said the victims were approaching them through the Facebook and other social media sites, which not only helped them keep track of developments but also monitor specific updates and share information among police officials.