Po­lice com­pile de­tails of 4,500 his­tory- sheeters

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

NAVI MUM­BAI: In an ef­fort to in­crease the de­tec­tion rates by keep­ing a tab on ha­bit­ual of­fend­ers, the Navi Mum­bai crime branch i s pre­par­ing in­di­vid­ual files of more than 4,500 his­tory- sheeters.

Pho­to­graphs, ad­dress, ed­u­ca­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tion and records of each crim­i­nal ar­rested in the city or in the neigh­bor­ing areas such as Mum­bai, Thane and Raigad in the past few years will be com­piled in one file.

This will make it eas­ier for the po­lice to get all de­tails af­ter the ar­rest.

“The po­lice are also col­lect­ing the names of peo­ple a crim­i­nal was in­volved with. This will help them zero in on the en­tire gang if they man­age to nab any one of their mem­bers,” a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer said.

For the con­ve­nience of in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cers, crim­i­nals have been listed un­der dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories such as robbery, bur­glary, chain snatch­ing and ve­hi­cle theft.

“Nor­mally, crim­i­nals, af­ter their ar­rest, try to mis­lead the po­lice by giv­ing wrong de­tails about them­selves and their ac­com­plices. Many of them don’t even tell us their real names at first. At times even af­ter ar­rest­ing the right per­son, our in­ves­ti­ga­tion does not progress and we can’t reach out to other peo­ple in­volved in a crime,” said Dilip Sawant, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice ( crime).

“Like­wise, if we ar­rest one ha­bit­ual of­fender from Thane or Mum­bai for the first time, we may not have any idea about his or her pre­vi­ous crimes. So, those crimes may re­main un­de­tected even af­ter the ar­rest. This new sys­tem will help us a lot as we will get all de­tails of a crim­i­nal within a frac­tion of minute,” he said.

Sawant said the files are be­ing pre­pared by ex­am­in­ing cases reg­is­tered with po­lice sta­tions and shar­ing de­tails with the neigh­bor­ing po­lice com­mis­sion­er­ates.

A team of dedicated of­fi­cers have been en­trusted with the tusk which is so far done with around 2,100 files.

“For our con­ve­nience, we are also plan­ning a dig­i­tal ver­sion of the whole sys­tem. It will save time in finding de­tails and will make in­ves­ti­ga­tions f aster. The sys­tem will also help us in char­ac­ter ver­i­fi­ca­tion of the peo­ple,” he said.

The po­lice have also planned to open a sep­a­rate of­fice for their modus operandi bureau (MOB) to keep the ac­tive crim­i­nals in check. They will take fin­ger­prints and pho­to­graphs of crim­i­nals in the of­fice just af­ter the ar­rests.

Sawant said, “Tak­ing pho­to­graphs and fin­ger­prints of ev­ery ar­rested per­son may not be pos­si­ble as their num­ber will be too big. How­ever, we will do it with those with crim­i­nal records.”

› Crim­i­nals, af­ter their ar­rest, try to mis­lead the po­lice by giv­ing wrong de­tails about them­selves and their ac­com­plices. Many of them don’t even tell us their real names at first. Even af­ter ar­rest­ing the right per­son, our in­ves­ti­ga­tion does not progress. DILIP SAWANT, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (crime)

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