Tag Archives: Law and order

COVID pandemic: For how long the deprived can stay at home?

Lalit Shastri

Notwithstanding the losses being suffered by Industry, trade and commerce, let’s not turn a blind eye to the fact that all cannot earn their bread staying at home. What about the daily wage earners….what about the marginalised and the deprived who work in the unorganised sector…what about those who lack even the basic modicum of economic security and have never had the saving capacity for the rainy day -forget the prolonged lockdowns… I am talking especially in terms of those who dream of upward mobility and do not figure in the BPL or the below absolute poverty list and do not qualify for ration or other state sponsored welfare subsidies….who will come to their rescue while the COVID tsunami continues to ravage and devour.

Vaccination of all will consume time, in the interim, if the prevailing situation drags on and on and those who have the constitutional authority to prevent chaos, abdicate their responsibility and allow things to drift or come up with nothing more than a knee-jerk response to the evolving situation, that’s already so much out of hand, we will be dealing not only with the ongoing COVID related medical emergency but also a socio-economic crisis and an unprecedented law and order scenario – Watch Out!

Atlanta killings: Shooting suspect says he was sexually addicted

Newsroom24x7 Network

Atlanta: Within hours of the killing of eight people at three metro spas in Cherokee County and northeast Atlanta in the US, 21-year old Robert Aaron Long, the accused in the three shootings was arrested and taken into custody by the Police late on Tuesday night (16 March 2021).

Six of the 8 killed in the shooting spree were of Asian descent.

South Korean Foreign Ministry told media that at least four of the eight victims were of Korean descent.

Long has been charged with eight counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault. 

During his interview, he gave no indicators that this was racially motivated – Cherokee Sheriff Frank Reynolds.

Long said during questioning that it was not race hatred but a sexual addiction that had led him to the alleged crime spree, according to the Police.

He has taken responsibility for the shootings….massage parlors represented a temptation he wanted to eliminate – Capt. Jay Baker with the Cherokee sheriff’s office.

Long was sexually addicted and wanted to drive to Florida and commit similar crimes, it has been reported.

Crime-free India: Proactive Policing, automated system, people’s participation and future challenges

Newsroom24x7 Network

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Special Director General of Police (Police Reforms) Maithilisharan Gupta is pursuing with full dedication and commitment the goal of translating his vision of “Crime Free Bharat” into ground reality through an Automated Investigation Support System.

To carry forward his message, Gupta is presently engaged in organizing live online interactive sessions with dignitaries from different fields, including the general persons of the society. Through a specially created YouTube channel – Crime Free India – the guests and viewers go live and this has become a popular platform in a very short time. The program is broadcast live every Monday from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

Spearheading a brianstorming webinar on the topic “Crime Free Bharat analysis of peer review of proactive Police and visualising future challenges”, under the banner of National Police Mission this past Monday, 27 July (season three of Crime Free India), Gupta set the tone by underscopring there is a provision for scientific and technical assistance in the investigation and detection of criminals under Central List Entry 65C of the 7th Schedule of the Indian Constitution. He emphasised the need for creating a strong and neutral structure to handle the prime responsibility and said a strong foundation of crime-free India can be laid through automated investigation support system using innovative technologies.

Explaining the concept of the Automated Investigation Support System, Gupta said that the goal is to de-burden and de-stress the Police as by using the Automated Investigation Support System. The smart investigation system would help IO to simultaneously work on various probabilities and also assist in requisitioning of evidences from various organisations and other subsystem (though digital requisitioning and monitoring) under section 91 Cr. P. C. It would help in creating a certificate of admissibility u/s 65 B of Evidence Act. System would ensure integrity of evidence with encryption and protection with value thus precluding any chance of manipulation.

It would identify hot spots, crime zones with time and seasonal analysis. It would also identify criminal clusters and map them with hot spots and crime zones. Whenever any crime is committed, the investigation officer would get photographs of criminals from the historic database of CCTNS and suspects who are most likely to be involved on their Investigation App to help him to show it victims and other persons in vicinity to identify the criminals and suspects of the crime.

In addition IO would also have a facility for creating computerised portraits using their Investigation App with help of victims and other witnesses available there. IO would get the automated help for requisitioning evidence under section 91 Cr. P. C. from Telecom Service Providers, CCTV Systems, Banks & Financial Institutions, details about their travel by rail, air or road. These evidence would be admissible in court of law under section 8 and 9 of Evidence Act. System will help to prosecute non-compliance and such evidence would then be obtained through Search and Seizure u/s 93 and 94 Cr.P.C.

System would generate specific investigation leads for IO and would capture the details of their investigation to preserve the evidence, generate certificates of admissibility, integrity and chain of custody. Investigation lead would be accompanied with a compliance and performance module.

It would transform the ground situation and IO would be having all kinds of support including real time help from Experts to do quality jobs through Smart Investigation Assistance.

Gupta further said that the automated system will also ensure a powerful, efficient and public friendly Policing System on ground. The Investigation Support System has been conceived as a very powerful set up to provide support to Investigator but it also captures digital and non digital infallible evidence wherever they may be available (sitting) by helping the investigation officers using their power u/s 91 Cr.P.C. (By digitally creating requisition letters duly signed by IO with an effective monitoring mechanism. It will also help in capturing, analysing and preserving evidence and the same would be made available to IO with proof of relevancy, integrity, admissibility and chain of custody to be submitted before court of law. Non compliance of 91 Cr.P.C. would be dealt strictly as per the provision of law and police would further be facilitated with these evidence through Search and Seizure under section 93 & 94 of Cr.P.C.

It would also provide powerful investigative leads to follow and work on by analyzing macro data of hot spots, crime zones and criminal clusters.

It would also assist in identifying gaps in infrastructure for capturing evidence and the same would be filled by active support and participation by the communities and all other stakeholders. The owners of these resources would get a monetary stream for using their input.

The System provides powerful assistance in smart investigation by the investigation officer and helps him in collection of evidence through a powerful Smart Investigation App. The System will help in preparing a draft challan with full details of evidence and who will prove them in a court of law. Predictive Analytics also would be used to anticipate moves of criminals proactively and prevent them by dynamically and proactively pre-positioning the police and other community volunteers.

The System will lead to integration of Stakeholders identified, including Senior Citizens, Women, Children and other weaker section of society, Youth and students, Media, Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, Small businessmen, Restaurant, Tea stalls, Pan Bhandhars/ Pan Stalls and other kiosks, vegetable shops and motivate the citizens to as volunteers, observers or stakeholders and incentivise them by fulfilling their needs, and bringing recognition and monetary rewards.

The population with criminal records or other persons who are having propensity to commit crimes would be identified. Well qualified and properly trained volunteers would interact with them to identify their skill sets and other capabilities. Their interest and inclinations would also be captured to work out sustainable rehabilitation strategies for them, Gupta said and went on to highlight that the system would also create Revenue Streams for the Community as a whole, besides volunteers, and Stakeholders

Taslima Khan, Second in Command, CRPF, Madhya Pradesh, who attended the program, said on the occasion of 82nd Foundation Day of CRPF that coordination of public and police is very important in creating a crime-free India. Gupta responded by stating that the police is overburdened with many responsibilities and if the CRPF prepares itself well then it can do a better job than the police.

Participating in the discussion, Lalit Shastri, Editor-in-Chief, Newsroom24x7, shared his firm view that the police should be a professional force and not a subordinate force.

S. Nitin, educationist, Genesis Solutions, had a piece of advice. He suggested that the basic procedure involved in lodging FIRs should be incorporated in the college curriculum to raise awareness in society.

Hariom Awasthi, Constitution Law Expert and Assistant Professor, Prestige Institute of Management Gwalior said that the level of trust between public and police is very poor and a lot of work is required in this area. Spl DGP, Gupta responded by stating that this technology is integrating not only the authority but also the common citizens of the country and will bring revolutionary changes when it comes to controlling crime.

Dr. Prem Kumar Aggarwal, Head of Department Hooghly Mohsin College, questioned the working of public prosecutors and said that they should uphold the public interest and work under the scope of law.

The Season three episode of Crime Free India that went live on Youtube on 27 July 2020 was conducted by Piyush Dwivedi Advocate on record. He is an LLM in Business Law from National Law Institute University, Bhopal.

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“Crime Free Bharat” and the top cop on a Mission

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Bhopal: Maithili Sharan Gupta, Director General of Police heading Police Reforms in the Central Indian State of Madhya Pradesh is of the firm view that “Crime Free India” is a vision that should not be taken for its literal meaning of achieving zero crime. There will always be some violations and deviations when we live together in a society, he observes in axiomatic terms but at the same time he goes on tro explain that crime free means a scenario where crime would occur but would not be felt across the board and there would a perceptible sense of security & safety.

Gupta is advocating the cause of a “Crime Free India” with best utilisation of a spectrum of Technologies through Automated Investigation Support System under a National Authority for Scientific and Technical Assistance in investigation & Detection of Crime u/Entry 65C,List 1 of the Constitution

Gupta goes on to underscore that in order to deliver results vis-a-vis the vision of “Crime Free India” it is imperative that we build a system of:

  1. Reporting (crime) through multiple reporting channels.
  2. detection through Smart Investigation Support System
  3. Conviction on account of plenty of evidence with
    certificates of chain of custody, admissibility and integrity,
  4. Prevention on account of predictive analytics by making proactive deployment of Police and Community Volunteers using Various real-time inputs, and
  5. Rehabilitation of criminals and other persons with criminal propensity.

The top cop, who has earlier headed the CRPF forces in Jammu and Kashmir and is now in-charge of Police reforms in MP, is full of optimism despite what we see as so many retarding factors both in terms of the people’s “Chalta hai” attitude or devil-may-care nonchalance on the one side and apathy or complicity at all levels of the political and bureaucratic ecosystem on the other, that lead to a constant drag when it comes to implementing any kind of reform in society. When confronted on this, Gupta, is at once on the philosophical plain as he sums up his positive approach by asserting if we steadfastly pursue the “National Police Mission” goals, “in the long run there would be very few left out criminals in the society thus organised crimes and crimes for financial motives would be things of past. It would usher in Ram Rajya in true spirit and sense.”

COVID-19 has not slowed up Gupta’s pace, for him every week begins for him with a brainstorming session with members of the uniformed police force and experts drawn from different sections of the society. They discuss all about the groundwork and institutional infrastructure, manpower, training and motivation required across the board – both within the law enforcing agencies and the society at large for a Crime free India. In this series, today, Monday 27 July, a team of experts led by Gupta are holding a webinar on the topic “Crime Free Bharat, Analysis of Peer Review or Proactive Police and Visualising Future Challenges”.

Besides Maithili Sharan Gupta, Madhya Pradesh DGP (Police Reforms), the other experts joining the Monday 27 July webinar, are Lalit Shastri, Editor-in-Chief Newsroom24x7; Ms. Khan, Second-in Commandant, CRPF; Hariom Awasthy, Asst. Professor of Law, Prestige Institute of Management, Gwalior; Vishal Kumar, National Convener, Voice of Youth; S Nitin, Educationist, Director of Genesis Solutions Pvt. Ltd.; Dr Prem Kumar Agarwal, Head of Department of Hoogly Mohsin College. Click here to join this webinar