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Computers gather dust in Ranchi police stations

While some police stations have installed one computer, the rest lie packed and unused.

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Computers given to police stations in the Jharkhand capital are mainly gathering dust — neither the cops have been trained to use them nor have the machines been installed.

Under the Common Integrated Police Application (CIPA) programme, 30 police stations in Ranchi got four computers each in January. While some police stations have installed one computer, the rest lie packed and unused.

"Where is the space to set up the computers? For four computers you need at least one room. How will we install four computers in our two-room police stations," asked a frustrated sub-inspector of the Chutia police station.

The poor response of the police seems to be working against the proposed project. More than 100 police stations were to be included in the second phase of CIPA.

The project was planned to help keep the police updated with the crime graph and investigations into cases. Police stations were to be connected with their headquarters so that information could be available at the click of a mouse.

The police headquarters also failed to prepare the list of police officials who would be given training on the use of computers. According to the plan, at least two police officials from each station were to be trained.

"Initially we asked for names of officials interested in getting trained. As the response was poor, we have now asked district police chiefs to prepare a list and submit the names," said one official.

"We have also directed the persons concerned to arrange power connections for installing the computers," the official added.

First Published: Mar 02, 2007 11:05 IST