Police Heads Draw Plans For Sharing Intelligence Inputs

Shimla: Senior police officers from six northern states met here today to draw up plans for a more coordinated intelligence sharing system especially that related to security, threat to vital installations and crime.

Briefing media persons after the interaction, additional director general police (ADGP) ID Bhandari said that besides security matters interstate crime issues related to terrorism, arms control act, cyber crime, counterfeit currency, narcotic trade, human trafficking and trade in wildlife were some of the issues discussed.

About two counterfeit currency cases busted in the state in recent times, he said that the trail in one case led to Bangladesh and the other to Nepal.

Bhandari who head the criminal investigation department said that ex-army men at placement cells had been alerted about ISI designs for laying of intelligence gathering networks.

Referring to having broken up one such ISI ring recently in which three persons including two ex-servicemen and one hawala operator were arrested, he said, that ex-servicemen needed to be cautious about becoming victims of crime.

He said that while containing the narcotic trade especially that of charas remained a challenge but the state police planned to undertake a massive operation in April for destroying opium crops and in marijuana (charas) crops in September.

Interstate incidents of robbery and human trafficking as part of flesh trade was on the rise and the officers share concern about sharing information for tackling the problem, he said.

Incidents of cyber crime were also increasing and only a more vigilant user of mobile and internet services could prevent such crimes, he said, because gullible cash transfer frauds often ended through a web of international transactions at geographical locations hard to detect.

Among those who participated at the workshop were N Dalip Kumar, joint commissioner vigilance Delhi, Rajbir Deswal IG CID Haryana, Aditya Mishra IG UP, SS Srivastava DIG Intelligence Punjab and DJ Ghildiyal DIG Intelligence Uttrakhand. Though Chandigarh also had sent a representation for the deliberations but no one from J &K, Bihar and Jharkhand, who were also invited, turned up.

Held at the initative of Himachal police, Bhandari said, it would be a regular feature that would be held at intervals of 3 to 6 months.

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