City to soon get mobile forensic units
If everything goes according to the blueprint planned for the Ludhiana police comissionerate, the district police will not have to look towards other districts for any assistance with for forensic expertise.
Forensic science has become elemental in probing crime incidents such as murder, loot, terrorist attack or blast. The police department is looking forward to have district mobile forensic units in its fleet.
Sources said the decision was taken after the police sought help of the forensic science laboratory in the double murder case of Moga DSP Balraj Singh Gill and Monika Bajaj Kapila.
As the city police sought help of the forensic science laboratory, it caused delay in the reports that gave the culprits time to abscond.
The police have mobile forensic units at the zone level, but now the department has realised that every district should be provided with such expertise, especially major cities such as Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar and Patiala.
According to the tentative description designed by the department, the district forensic mobile unit will comprises a search light, forensic light source, explosive detection kit, latent fingerprint developer kit, portable narcotic drug detector, firearm discharge residue collection kit, evidence packing and collection kit, general investigation kit, foot and tyre print casting kit, blood detection kit, semen detection kit, bullet hole testing kit, arson investigation kit, set of magnifier, gun powder particle test kit and electrostatic dust mark lifting kit.
According to police officials, the district mobile forensic units will help collect clues and play a vital role in crime detection. A major advantage would be that the unit would be able to reach the crime spot and produce quick results.
"Generally, the police collect samples from the crime spot and preserve it. After a lot of paper work and formalities, the sample is dispatched to the laboratories and it takes days for the result to come out.
In many cases, criminals get an advantage because of the lengthy process," said a senior official of the police comissionerate, Ludhiana. Police commissioner Ishwar Chander was not available for comment.