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Crime investigation software launched

It will provide linkages between terrorist operatives and outfits at the click of a mouse, reports Srinand Jha.

india Updated: Oct 30, 2006 22:12 IST

Linkages between terrorist operatives and organisations will now be obtained at the click of a mouse button—if the new software jointly designed by the Ministry of Science and Technology and Microsoft is implemented by the Union/ State Governments and the Judiciary.

Aiming to actualise the concept of digital investigation, the application enables easy collection, collation and analysis of crime data to provide for a faster, accurate and standardized procedure of crime investigations.

Emphasising on the critical need for applying technology to matters of governance, Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal said he would shortly make a presentation on the software—designed as a PPP project—before the Judiciary and government ministries/departments.

The Minister described the application—which is tamper-proof and provides for recording of evidences in 14 different languages—as "unique and path-breaking", while speaking at the launch function.

Named the "Scene of Crime Application" the software provides for electronic recording of FIR and all details associated with it—together with the facility of storing photographs of the crime, videos from the crime scene, witness statements, forensic and other reports.

The application also permits for built-in reports that allow investigating officers to prepare summary reports for superiors and those required to be submitted in courts.

The software-which the Microsoft has provided free of cost-includes a central portal to consolidate all the investigations and FIRs.

A statewide "scene of crime portal" ensures that the data-including digital content-is saved and forwarded to a central repository where the various users from the police department can search through the data.

The cost of digitalizing all the 23,000 police stations in the country-including expenses towards familiarization and training-has been estimated at Rs 230 crore. "I intend to speak to the Planning Commission to apportion an amount for this purpose", Sibal said.

The "scene of crime application" is a critical deliverance in respect of the need providing for a modern and accountable system of criminal investigation in the country, said Chairman of Microsoft India, Ravi Venkatesan.

First Published: Oct 30, 2006 20:56 IST