The heat is on now on the looters. And going by police records, the chase is becoming increasingly hotter for the history-sheeters. So far the Detection of Crime Branch, Ahmedabad city has detained as many as 50 criminals, till Tuesday, who were involved in any type of looting activities in the city.
DCB, sleuths also paraded the criminals before the complainants of loot incidents for identification. However, not being very successful in this attempt, the sleuths have now designed fresh plans of action to curb crime incidents in the city.
“We have started interrogating these accused and are also trying to know their connection with the other gangs,” a DCB source said.
Meanwhile, DCB had also formed 11 teams comprising a police inspector each to look into different parts of the city. “The police inspectors will look into these areas and check records for history sheeters of their respective allotted areas,” said AK Sharma, joint commissioner of police, DCB.
The DCB had also asked banks to provide the footages of their CCTV cameras. “We will cross check whether any history sheeter had ever entered in to these banks,” Sharma said, adding that banks which have so far not installed the CCTV cameras near their gate and will be penalised or prosecuted.
DCB has been appointed as a nodal agency to look into the investigation of loot cases as well as co-ordinate and curb such instances in the city. It will inform local police to increase vigil at their localities. “We want the presence of the local police at petrol pumps, banks and at every spot where financial transactions are conducted,” Sharma said. The director general of police, Gujarat state, Chitranjan Singh told DNA, the police had been told to improve its presence on city roads too.