SRINAGAR: In what is being described as a “game changer”, police records in Jammu & Kashmir are being digitised under an all-India Crime and Criminal Tracking Network System (CCTNS). The digital database will include First Information Reports (FIRs), case dairies, crime details forms, arrest memos, and police station dairies, accessible to anyone through the internet.
“This will be a game changer,” said a top police officer, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “It will bring transparency.”
The officer said that 158 Police Stations and 93 police offices in J&K will digitise their records, including old files. Nearly 30,000 police personnel have been technically trained for the maintenance of the database, he said.
The CCTNS is funded by the Government of India. It was proposed by former Home Minister P Chidambaram in the aftermath of the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Later it was approved by the cabinet and Rs 2,000 crore was allotted for it. A pilot project was started in 2013. At present, Tamil Nadu has installed the project fully, which includes information about all registered vehicles. If the engine number and registration number of a vehicle is entered, the name of the owner and his or her criminal record, if any, is displayed.
The police officer said that more than 4 lakh daily diary entries have already been entered in CCTNS, and so have 14,000 FIRs and 600 case diaries. However, the system may take some time to get operationalised in the state. The police department is also entering data of the past 10 years.
“We will have many components on the website. We are currently working on them,” the police officer said.