Palms, eyes of law-breakers to be scanned
Law-breakers will soon have their palms and eyes scanned at police stations and the biometric information thus collected will be part of their ‘criminal record file’ on the State’s digitised repository of crime information.
Official sources say that fingerprint and iris scanners will be part of standard equipment at 482 police stations in Kerala when the second phase of the Union government-funded Crime and Criminal Tracking Networking Systems (CCTNS) is implemented.
The system, with its advanced search capabilities, will enable investigators to analyse crime patterns and methods of operation of criminals and also view their statements (including previous criminal charges, convictions or discharges, if any) at a click of the mouse.
The CCTNS is part of a larger IT-enabled crime tracking system, which networks criminal information repositories maintained by State law enforcement agencies with a centralised data centre in New Delhi.
The national network is envisaged to provide support to State police departments to counter crime, including terrorist activities and fraud.
A team headed by ADGP Anil Kanth and SP Gokul Lakshman are executing the first phase of CCTNS, which will also offer a range of services to the public, including a provision for online search of the status of their petitions and information on missing persons, unidentified bodies, and stolen vehicles.
People can register with the CCTNS portal and send online requests to verify the antecedents of their tenants, employees, or domestic helps.
They can also use the portal to file requests to conduct events, public demonstrations and use public address systems.