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Social sites help cops check crime

- CID uses Facebook to usher in transparency, spread awareness

Ranchi, Nov. 13: This move of Jharkhand police surely deserves a “superlike”.

The CID wing of the tech-savvy police department is taking the help of social networking sites to usher in transparency in the investigation system.

It is not only promptly responding to posts about any crime on its Facebook page, but is also uploading information about cases on various social platforms to get clues that will help nab the culprits. Awareness campaigns are also being held with the help of the networking site.

Jharkhand Police’s Facebook page and its accounts on YouTube and twitter — and — are being used for the purpose.

The step, which aims to promptly solve cases of missing children, child trafficking, dowry deaths, rapes and molestation, has been particularly taken to book criminals who roam freely after committing crimes as police stations refuse to lodge FIRs.

Anurag Gupta, CID (organised crime), Jharkhand, said that they were banking on social networking sites mainly to bring criminal cases into public domain so that even relatives of the accused can come forward to help nail the guilty.

“We have roped in two NGOs — Bharatiya Kisan Sangh and Diya Seva Sansthan — to upload information about the missing cases, dowry deaths, trafficking and rapes on the social fora,” he added.

Ranchi SSP Saket Kumar Singh also said they were finding it easy to lodge FIRs against the accused through the virtual space. Strict directions have been issues to policemen to regularly check the updates.

“All social networking sites are being extensively used by local police stations to check whether any case has been posted where no FIR has been lodged. Even the CID department is helping us with information about such cases,” the SSP said.

For instance, on October 10, one Dileep Jha reported about a dowry case on Facebook.

The post read: “No arrest in: Dowry Death: FIR No.56/13,u/s304B/Dt.22.09.2013, PS-Dhalbhumgarh, Eastsinghbum, Jharkhand…” The complainant also alleged that local police were helping the accused.

In reply, Jharkhand Police wrote: “We understand your pain & hope you will get justice. So, you are advised to lodge complain at our ‘Online Complaint System E-samadhan’ ( thank you.”

Sampat Meena, IG, (organised crime), said that such sites helped in generating awareness and opting preventive measures. “Recently, we could track almost 20 trafficking cases after filing FIRs with the help of such sites,” Meena added.

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