Crime in­ves­ti­ga­tion van, a boon for Navi Mum­bai cops

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT­NAV­I­MUM­BAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab. bhuyan@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

NAVI MUM­BAI: The crime in­ves­ti­ga­tion van, in­au­gu­rated around three weeks ago, has been proved a big help for the city po­lice in terms of col­lect­ing ev­i­dences from the crime spots.

As soon as the po­lice learn about a ma­jor crime, the van and the team of of­fi­cials trained by foren­sic lab au­thor­i­ties reach the spot and col­lect ev­i­dences sci­en­tif­i­cally.

“So far, the team has col­lected ev­i­dences of seven crimes in Navi Mum­bai,” a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer said.

“Due to lack of equip­ment, the ev­i­dences were not prop­erly col­lected from the crime spots. At times, the cases made by the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cers were not strong and cul­prits went scot free be­cause of the loop­holes. How­ever, the new crime in­ves­ti­ga­tion van is well-equipped to lift, pack and seal ev­i­dences,” said Dilip Sawant, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice ( crime).

The 13 of­fi­cers ap­pointed and trained for the team work in two shifts.

“After reach­ing a spot, the first thing the team does is to bar­ri­cade the crime scene to en­sure that not a sin­gle piece of ev­i­dence is tam­pered with.

The sec­ond step is to take pho­to­graphs and videos of the crime scenes so that they could be used at a later stage.

Lift­ing, pack­ag­ing and seal­ing ev­i­dences come only at the third stage,” said po­lice sub- in­spec­tor SK Bachchao, in- charge of the van.

After col­lect­ing ev­i­dences and fin­ger prints, the team hands them over to the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cers of the re­spec­tive po­lice sta­tions.

They also send them to the foren­sic lab if they feel it is nec­es­sary.

“Since only trained of f i - cials are col­lect­ing ev­i­dence sci­en­tif­i­cally, cases are bound to be stronger and thus we can ex­pect a big change i n the rate of con­vic­tion,” Bachchao said.

Since only trained of­fi­cials are col­lect­ing ev­i­dence sci­en­tif­i­cally, cases are bound to be stronger and thus we can ex­pect a big change in the rate of con­vic­tion

SK BACHAO, SUB-IN­SPEC­TOR, in-charge of the van

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