'Dead Man' lands into police net

Published: Jan 06, 2011, 07:54 IST | Anurag Jadli

Cops use system of Computerised Remote Identification Of Suspects to nab the accused

Cops use system of Computerised Remote Identification Of Suspects to nab the accused

He thought that playing dead would lead to closure of all cases against him and he would be saved from jail term which would have followed his conviction. But then he didn't know that Delhi Police was equipped with Computerised Remote Identification of Suspects (CRIS) that they used to finally nab him.



The accused Parvez Lalla, a resident of Tilak Nagar had 14 cases lodged against him under Excise Act from 1998 to 2006. For last two years, he had been absent from court hearings in all the cases and had even jumped the bail. In some cases even non-bailable warrants had been issued against him and proceedings to declare him as proclaimed offender had also been initiated.

It was then his family members informed the court that Parvez had passed away. The court asked the police to verify the fact regarding Parvez's death.

"When we arrived at the given address (H.No.NA-2, Vishnu Garden), we met the owner Kaushlya Devi who said that no person by the name of Parvez Lalla was residing there and she did not know anything about his death.  We searched at other addresses too but couldn't find any information about him.  As our investigations continued, we received information that Parvez was alive and was residing at H.No.392, First Floor, F-Block, Raghubir Nagar and he had also gone to cast his vote in local body elections in U.P. with his wife.

Then we again went to NA-2, Vishnu Garden to execute the NBW and there we met a person who identified himself Raju and claimed to be brother of Parvez. He said that Parvez had died 12 years back.  When we asked him to produce the death certificate of Parvez, he said he didn't have it as it could not be obtained from MCD," said V.Ranganathan, DCP West.

Suspecting foul play, Raju was taken to the police station for questioning and his fingerprints were taken. 
"These prints were checked on CRIS by single digit matching mechanism which is available in CIPA computer installed in police station. After we got the match, Raju was thoroughly interrogated and he confessed that he himself was Pravez Lalla. He was then arrested," the DCP added. This was the first time that Delhi police nabbed an accused using CRIS.

Tech talk

A fingerprint based Compute
-rised Remote Identification of Suspects (CRIS) system is used to speed up verification of records with the Finger Prints Bureau and save time on investigations.
The system enables the police to establish the identity of criminal by utilising the database of the Finger Prints Bureau. The Bureau has a database of more than 160,000 offenders.
The fingerprint of any suspect or criminal when put on the input device would scan the image and display the result on the screen within two to four minutes after searching the database.
The CRIS system, based on inkless optical live scan technology, provides immediate results without manual intervention.
The first system was acquired by Delhi police back in 2006 and provided to nine police stations in the city.

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