HYDERABAD: Thanks to Russian fingerprint identification technology, in just five months, Hyderabad cops have been able to arrest offenders in 596 long-pending cases.
The Papillon Automated Fingerprint Identification System (Papillon-AFIS) can be used to take fingerprints of suspects instantly and it helps compare the prints against a database to get results within 45 seconds. After its success in Hyderabad, Telangana DGP Anurag Sharma launched the AFIS for the entire state on Monday. Crime Investigation Department (CID) additional DG Govind Singh is heading the project.
The CID purchased the AFIS on February 17, 2017. "The matching of each fingerprint slip in the database with each unsolved chance print was taken up. A total of 596 cases were solved in five months," said a CID official. The current database holds 7.68 lakh print slips of both accused and convicted persons and 85,000 unsolved chance prints. The existing storage is sufficient to maintain 50 lakh records which include print slips, chance prints, photographs and demographical and criminal data.
A top police official said, "Even police staff patrol cars can check fingerprint of suspects instantly with this technology. Earlier, the fingerprints had to be sent to the commissioner's office and then to CID, and as a result, verification used to take long. Even if the fingerprint is half or incomplete, it can be lifted easily and verified. In case of overlap of fingerprints by the owner of a house and a burglar, the technology can separate them. Earlier, we used to discard the overlapping fingerprints. Mostly, burglars and robbers have been caught with this technology." "The new technology helps let off innocent people without the need to detain them on suspicion. This system procured by the Telangana government is a first for the country," said an official. The traditional method taking of palm prints with ink, slab and roller has been replaced with live palm print scanners. Around 70 palm print live scanners with high-end desktops, HD webcams were supplied to the police officials at subdivision level.