K. N. Murali Sankar

Iris scan to be taken before beginning judicial process

  • Modus operandi along with bio-data to be recorded
  • Details of at least three offenders are being recorded at the CDIC every day

    VIJAYAWADA: What is the next step of the police after arresting an offender? In normal practice, the offender will be produced in a court of law. But the city police now plan to send them for an iris scan before commencing the judicial process.

    Besides having their iris scanned, the police will record the `modus operandi' of the offender along with his or her bio-data. Photographs taken in different postures will be attached to the bio-data.

    Though the city police began the process of computerisation of all the details relating to various accused persons and strangers about a year-and-half ago, the databank is not serving any purpose owing to a technical snag.

    The Central Detention and Interrogation Cell (CDIC), set up at Suryaraopet police station in May 2005, has recorded the details of 5,452 offenders and 4,010 strangers by the end of 2006.

    Details of at least three offenders are being recorded at the CDIC every day, where photographs, fingerprints and complete bio-data of the accused have been fed into computers.

    The police have opened the cell with the objective of developing a database of the persons accused of committing various offences in the limits of the commissionerate. After filing the first information report (FIR), sub-inspectors of all the 26 police stations send the accused to the CDIC.

    "A lot of information is being stored in computers. But it is of no use. There is no facility to retrieve the information when it is required. The software has been written in such a way that we can only feed the information but not retrieve it," says Police Commissioner C.V. Anand.

    He explains that the existing set-up will be replaced with a new system, which will allow the data to be retrieved on the basis of names of offenders, their modus operandi and sections of law under which they have been booked.

    "When a crime takes place, we can get the list of suspects either by entering their name or by their modus operandi in the computer. We will get the list of habitual offenders by a few clicks. It will make our investigation easier," Mr. Anand says. He points out that the existing data will not be wasted, as the entire software will be rewritten to make use of the data.