IG Gupta (left) and ADG Pradhan with the awards on Saturday. Telegraph picture
Ranchi, Sept. 7: Jharkhand police have uploaded information on 16,000 Naxalites on a digital platform and have even built a protective wall around the data using anti-virus software.
The initiative, that has fetched the state a national award, means the police are now that much more equipped to tackle Left-wing extremism, a challenge that Jharkhand knows only too well about.
“We did the work — creation of the digital information system and loading the data of 16,000 hardcore Naxalites — during the last three years,” said IG (CID) Anurag Gupta, who was part of the mission.
The data on Naxalites, which is not in the public domain, includes a list of 300 hardcore rebels and details of 19 key rebel organisations. This apart, the digital information system also has data on another 70,000 criminals to help police in day-to-day crime busting.
Gupta explained that the digital information system would work as “institutional” memory to help police officers fix priorities and targets.
“When an officer is dealing with anti-Naxalite operations, he gets some insight or experience about left wing extremism. When he gets transferred, his experience becomes useless. But with the new system, things will remain in active memory — something that can be used by other officials,” he said.
Jharkhand police received the Skoch Award from UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani at a function in Delhi on Wednesday. Among those who went from the state were ADG (modernisation/law and order) S.N. Pradhan, senior scientist of NIC (Jharkhand) D. Nayak and IG (CID) Gupta.
Pradhan said, “There were 700 IT projects from across the country which were considered for awards in various categories. Of these, Jharkhand police bagged as many as four, the highest number of awards received by a single department.”
The ADG revealed that the state police were moving towards lodging online FIRs. “It is due to IT that we have been able to recover about 300 lost cellphones. Police verifications for issuing passports now take 20-25 days. This used to take much longer,” Pradhan said.
Today, DGP Rajeev Kumar congratulated the police team for its IT initiatives and announced an award of Rs 1 lakh.