Cyberabad Police strategise to put fugitives in the dock

Cyberabad Police working on plan for faster probe, prompter arrest of offenders

By Author  |  Published: 25th Mar 2019  12:16 am
Cyberabad Police
File photo of VC Sajjanar, Cyberabad Police Commissioner

Hyderabad: The Cyberabad Police plans to develop a strategy to investigate cases wherein suspects flee abroad after committing offences in the city.

According to officials, most of these cases are of white collar offences, cybercrimes and bodily offences wherein the suspects leave the country to evade arrest. There have been several instances where white collar offenders, cyber criminals or those involved in murders and dowry harassment cases manage to sneak out of the country and take shelter in other countries. Such cases have been proving to be a challenge for investigating agencies, a
senior police official said.

There were instances wherein investigation undertaken by local agencies was different from what was done by international agencies. Cyberabad Police Commissioner VC Sajjanar said the process involved lot of paper work and documentation on part of the investigating agency. “Most of the investigating officers do manage, but many-a-time, it has to be followed and pursued regularly. There are possibilities of losing track at times,” he said.

Recently, an awareness programme for officials from across Telangana in this regard was organised. Officials from every district were called, including those from Hyderabad, Cyberabad and Rachakonda, apart from central investigating agencies staff.

Officials said the intention is to make the police aware of the nature of such cases, make them confident and competent enough to handle them. The focus is on having them thoroughly aware of the procedures involved in cases linked outside India.

The Cyberabad police too plan to hold an awareness and training programme for their officials, which can help in speeding up investigation, prompter trial and faster conviction. “Continuous follow-up has to be made in such cases as issues regarding the law and investigating procedure will be different. This may be confusing and often time consuming. Hence, it is suggested to have regular follow-up through the concerned embassy with the help of nodal agencies,” the Commissioner said.

Officials said mandatory factors such as issuing Look Out Notices and checking with Ministry of External Affairs about the passport validity, among others, should also be done. Coordination with various departments is a key factor too. “These help keep suspects on the radar and can be tracked closely. This strategic approach will help arrest the suspects quickly and bring them back to the country,” Sajjanar added.