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Special training for Upper Assam cops

Jorhat, Aug. 10: The Police Training College at Dergaon (PTC) in Golaghat district has launched a training programme for assistant sub-inspectors of police from the eastern range (Upper Assam districts) in view of the government’s decision to empower them as investigating officers to probe cases.

Earlier, only ranks of sub-inspector and above were empowered to be made an investigating officer of a case.

Police sources said the government’s decision came in the wake of shortage of officers and to bring down pendency of cases under investigation. Gauhati High Court has been expressing its concern over the pending cases.

Deputy inspector-general of police (eastern range) Satyen Gogoi, who is holding additional charge of DIG (training and armed police) told The Telegraph today that 130 ASIs from four districts (under eastern range) have been undergoing the special 18-day training programme.

Gogoi said tomorrow, the valedictory function would be organised on completion of the first batch of training, which will continue across the state. The CID wing of the force prepared the course module. He said the training module comprises 100 hours to be imparted in 18 days.

Instructors from the training centre, CID headquarters in Guwahati and senior district-level police officials took classes during the special training programme.

The DIG said all the 130 ASIs were serving at different police stations under the eastern range and after returning to their respective places of posting the officers would be handed over cases to head the investigation. “Earlier, they (ASIs) used to assist the investigations, but now they can probe any kind of case themselves,” he added.

The top police official of Upper Assam said the training centre would organise the programme for ASIs across the state.

He said from receiving FIRs, followed by registering of cases and all other necessary things to be done to prepare the chargesheet and then the procedure to file it in court are part of the training module. Proper ways of collecting foot and fingerprints and other forensic and medical evidences were also taught.

The syllabus included how investigation should be carried out in IT crimes. “Even in solving conventional crimes like murder, call detail records analysis of mobile phones, Internet chatting and email correspondence plays an important role,” Gogoi said.

He said the trainees were also taken to the court of Jorhat district and session judge for a day to witness the proceedings of criminal cases and get a firsthand knowledge of the judiciary’s functioning.