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Govt to reward cops for scientific probe

The state government would reward police officers for cracking cases using scientific evidence to promote the use of technology in crime detection.

All the officers involved in the conviction of offenders in a case cracked on the basis of scientific evidence would share the Rs 51,000 cash award. They would be rewarded on the Independence Day every year.

A directive issued by the home (police) department last week stated that the police headquarters would prepare a list of the criminal cases solved in the past one year using scientific evidence. Of them, seven would be shortlisted and forwarded to the chief minister for the award.

Sources said the police headquarters had issued directives to all the superintendents of police to send samples of the cases detected on the basis of scientific evidence and the accused convicted.

Cases taken to logical conclusion would only qualify for the award.

Investigating officers as well as forensic experts playing important role in the detection of seven toughest blind cases with the help of scientific tools would be rewarded.

While the cops performing well would be rewarded, those failing to deliver could get the stick. There is a provision for freezing the annual increments of non-performers, a senior officer posted at the state police headquarters said.

Director-general of police (DGP) Abhayanand said over 300 cases had been solved in the state with the assistance of forensic scientists till date. Clinching evidence was gathered against the accused. Chargesheets were filed in the respective courts with sufficient evidence to get the offenders prosecuted, he said.

The DGP said total 13 teams comprising 40 forensic experts had been deployed in different districts to help the district police detect cases scientifically.

The members of the teams have been asked to gather evidence from crime spots in the presence of investigating officers, he said.

The members of the teams had been directed to move from one district to another. They have been instructed to even take up the cases pending for long in the absence of any clue, he said.

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