Visakhapatnam

‘Inter-State coordination must to crack cases’

In the absence database, it is difficult to trace Inter-State criminals, says City Police Commissioner Rajiv Kumar Meena.

In the absence database, it is difficult to trace Inter-State criminals, says City Police Commissioner Rajiv Kumar Meena.  

City Police Commissioner Rajiv Kumar Meena has said that inter-State coordination is necessary to crack the crimes reported from the city in view of the rise in the involvements of gangs from Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Odisha and Chhattisgarh.

Recently, the City Police have cracked a few chain snatching and property offence cases and found the involvements of gang from the neighbouring States.

Modus operandi

The modus operandi of these gangs are similar. They arrive in the city and check into lodges on the city outskirts or take houses on rent. They conduct recce of different areas to identify locked houses and observe the movement of elderly women in isolated places before they commit the crimes.

Last year, the city recorded close to 1,250 property offences and 88 chain snatching cases and about 22% were committed by gangs from other States, a senior officer from City Crime Record Bureau said.

“As the accused are outsiders, it is difficult to track or recognise them as we do not have their criminal database. In the case of local criminals, we not only have their database. Most of them are tracked on a daily basis. But it is difficult if they are from outside the State,” Mr. Meena said..

Tracking system

To track inter-State criminals, the police need to have some details about them and that is possible only if there is cooperation and coordination between the police of different States.

“If we can have access to their fingerprints, it would be of great help in cracking the cases,” Mr. Meena said.

Though the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) is being used, it is yet to be developed, implemented in full in many States. And the police said this is creating a void in inter-State data sharing.

“Till the time CCTNS is implemented in full, we need access to criminal database of other States. We are working to develop such a system,” Mr. Meena added.

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