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The unseen force of police

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Five teams of OCIU do a yeomen undercover service

In the wake of rising crimes of different types in the recent times, the role of police personnel attached to Organised Crimes Intelligence Unit (OCIU) has become crucial more than ever. OCIU inputs enable police personnel of different wings to take swift action, maintain law and order and keep peace in society.

According to police sources, intelligence inputs led to the recent arrest of antisocial elements in the city and suburbs; seizure of huge cache of detonators and gelatine sticks from quarries; execution of non-bailable warrants; and activities of ‘hawala’ operators.

It was formed in 2010 on the lines of the OCIU police in Maharashtra. As five teams of ‘A,’ ‘B,’ ‘C,’ ‘D’ and ‘E,’ the OCIU personnel primarily shadow suspects and feed information to the police wing concerned for action.

An officer says the ‘A’ team keeps vigil on those stocking illegal arms and explosives, and watch out for revenge killings, among others. The ‘B’ team keeps track of trafficking of ganja and other narcotic substances. The ‘C’ team trails those who circulate counterfeit currencies and indulge in human trafficking. The ‘D’ team keeps a close watch of local thugs and those conducting ‘katta panchayat’ (kangaroo court). And the ‘E’ team monitors cyber crime offenders and keep surveillance of prisons.

The OCIU personnel know the ‘jurisdiction’ and pattern of history-sheeters. They monitor persons who are in the hit list of antisocials and rival gangs. So they follow the movement of habitual offenders who step out of prisons on bail since they could be potential targets of their rivals.

How it helped

The officer says an alert sounded by the OCIU enabled the police to arrest a Desiya Dravida Murpokku Kazhagam (DMDK) functionary from a teashop in Melur. He was an accused in a double murder in Vandiyur a month ago in which a ganja peddler was killed. The police recovered weapons from him.

Similarly, the city police secured an unclaimed bag containing a pistol and two long-knives.

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