Rajnath inaugurates national conference of investigating agencies

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, August 12, 2016

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today inaugurated the first national conference of investigating agencies stressing that the government remained committed to fighting terrorism and preventing crimes against women and Dalits besides cyber crimes.
The two-day conference is organised by the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) in coordination with the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
The Minister, in his address, pointed out that probe agencies were facing several challenges in the investigation of traditional and modern crimes. This conference was an opportunity to discuss these challenges and ways to overcome them.
He expressed hope that the conference will discuss ways to improve quality of investigation especially for economic and organized crimes and related legal issues.
As per the National Crime Records Bureau, the conviction rate of crimes is very low and that is why quality of investigation was crucial in ensuring justice for the victims and punishment for the offender.
“Our thrust should be on improving investigation at police station level. Apart from the quality of investigation at police station level, we also have to ensure proper courtesy to the victims and witnesses,” he added.
The Minister said convenience of victims and witnesses must be taken into account when calling them for investigation. The victims should be kept informed about the progress of investigation from time to time.
Among the various steps taken to improve the quality of investigation was the revamping of the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network Systems (CCTNS) project for complete computerization of the working of police and extending it to court, jail, prosecution and forensic laboratories.
To investigate crimes against women, dedicated Investigative Units on Crime against Women (IUCAW) were being established in 564 districts. In these units, one- third of investigators will be women and funds will be made available by Central and State Governments, on 50-50 partnership basis.
The Home Minister said the Central Government will spend Rs 324 crore in next two years on these units.
The Government also remained committed for the empowerment and development of Dalits. “We have to create an atmosphere where our Dalit brothers can approach police without hesitation when they are victimized,” he said.
The Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act has been strengthened by amending it in 2014 to add a new category of offences.
Emphasizing the need for bringing improvement in scientific investigation, the Home Minister said the Central Government was spending Rs.279.90 crore under 12th Five Year Plan for upgradation and modernization of existing three Central Forensic Science Laboratories (CFSL) located at Chandigarh, Hyderabad and Kolkata and opening  three new CFSL at Pune, Bhopal and Guwahati.
In these labs, Digital Forensic Division (Forensic Electronics), Forensics D.N.A Division, Forensic Engineering Division, Forensic Intelligence Division, Forensic Psychology Division, Narcotics Drug Division and Government Examiner of Question Documents (GEQD) will be created.
Further to impart training on investigation, including terrorist crime and blast cases, two new Central Detective Training Schools at Ghaziabad and Jaipur have been opened apart from existing three Central Detective Training Schools located at Chandigarh, Kolkata and Hyderabad.
Expressing deep concern over the increasing incidents of cyber crime cases in the country, Mr Rajnath Singh said the Central Government has established Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Center (I4C) at National Level to deal with all types of cyber crime.
The I4C can be utilized for investigation of Cyber-Crime including Child Pornography and Online Abuse. One of the priorities of I4C will be to thwart attempts by international cyber gangs to penetrate Indian Networks and hack them. It will act as a nodal point in fight against Cyber Crime and also as Early Warning System for Law Enforcement Agencies. It will also set up a platform for victims to lodge Cyber Crime complaints and also provide all necessary assistance to CBI and State police on Cyber Crime related issues.
“Due to widespread use of internet based social media by terrorists, we are facing new threats. To face these challenges, the present capabilities of specialized organization like Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN), Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) need to be strengthened,” he pointed out.
The Government was working to strengthen the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) Act. It was also examining enactment of Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Act to provide legal sanction for evidence obtained through Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties and to remove doubts about admissibility of such evidence.
The Home Minister said that the Bureau of Police Research & Development (BPR&D) should conduct more research on investigation related issues including requirement of laws to solve the problems of investigation. He expressed hope that this will be a regular conference and it will become a milestone in raising the standards of Scientific Investigation.
The Home Minister also declared award of ‘Best Investigator Medal’ to the Investigators to improve the quality of investigation. He said the Government may award 150-200 best investigators every year.
Dr M. C. Borwankar, DG, BPR&D, said it provides high quality training and has completed about 200 research projects. Stressing the need for adopting the best international standards, she said outstanding investigation works should be rewarded which will work as motivation to the investigators.
Mr Sharad Kumar, DG, National Investigation Agency (NIA), DGs of CAPFs, former DGs, DGPs of States/UTs, Central Police Organisations (CPOs) and the Heads of Crime Branches/ATS/Economic Offences Wing (EOW)/STF of States/UTs are also participating in the conference.