Police record recent photographs, finger prints and handwriting samples, particularly of those with a history of property crimes. Apart from this, the ‘daily routine’ and ‘family circumstances’ of the criminals is also noted.
Over the last two months, Haryana Police officials say that the “daily routine” of 505 criminals, active in the Hisar range, has been recorded. The range, which covers the five districts of Hisar, Bhiwani, Sirsa, Fatehabad and Jind, is considered as one of the most-crime prone regions in the state and according to police figures, there are 409 criminals, with at least 10 cases each against them, active in the region.
Hisar Superintendent of Police, Satheesh Balan, says: “We have kept constant surveillance on the activities of 505 criminals in the last two months, irrespective of whether these criminals are inside or outside the jails.”
Of the total 505 criminals, who have been invited to the police stations so far, the ‘daily routine’ and ‘family circumstances’ of as many as 327 has been recorded in the state police’s Crime Records Office (CRO. Officers say that this would help them create a database, which would allow any police station across the state to access information on such criminals. The Haryana police officers believe that the strategy will help them keep a constant tab on the movement of such criminals and act as a deterrent.
Explaining the strategy, Chawla said: “It’s part of a three-fold strategy: CYA (criminal your are after), CTBA (criminal to be arrested) and CTP (crime against property). We are recording the details of especially those criminals, who are active in Hisar range in the last five years. There are certain criminals, for whom the members of society are ready to give sureties and assurances; but then there is another large segment, for whom, nobody is ready to bear responsibility. For these criminals, we have started this strategy of calling them to the police stations and recording their details. It shall surely help us in curbing the crime rate.”
The initiative comes in the wake of former Director General of Police, Ranjiv Singh Dalal, directing district police chiefs to keep a constant watch on the people with criminal track records, during the last days of his tenure. The officers were even directed to capture details such as a person’s mobile phone number, vehicle registration number and personal details of their friends and relatives.