GUWAHATI, Nov 19 - The Assam Police will have to keep raising its capacity to deal with misuse of technology, particularly information technology, by the criminals and insurgents. This was the view of Mukesh Sahay, who has been appointed as the next Director General of Assam Police by the State Government this evening.
Sahay, a 1984 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, will take over charge as the Director General of Assam Police on November 30 from Khagen Sarma, who is retiring on that day.
Talking to The Assam Tribune this evening, Sahay said that development of every technology brings new challenges before the law enforcing agencies. He pointed out that the development of Information Technology is a major help to the people. Though most people use it for good causes, there will always be some people who use it for bad reasons and the law enforcing agencies would have to raise their capacity to deal with the problem, he added.
Sahay said that apart from cyber crimes, the terrorist groups like the Islamic State are also using the cyber space to propagate their views and the Assam Police would have to improve its capacity to deal with such threats. He revealed that two cyber crime detection laboratories are already functioning in the headquarters of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Assam Police, while, seven more such laboratories are also been set up to deal with cyber crimes. Moreover, police personnel are also being trained up to deal with cyber crime. However, it is a continuous process and the Police would have to keep raising the bar to deal with such problems.
Replying to a question on his priorities after taking over as the Director General of Assam Police, Sahay said that the priorities of the police is laid down in the Constitution of India and efforts to fulfil the expectations of the people would continue. He said that dealing with insurgency, crime control, empowering the police personnel, capacity building of the force etc would be some of the immediate targets.
As Sahay had also served with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on deputation, he said that the work of the Assam Police and the central agency cannot be compared. The CBI investigates a limited number of cases and the agency does not have to maintain law and order. But at the same time, the Assam Police can use some of the methods used by the CBI to improve investigation, he added.
Sahay said that the methods of the CBI, which can be used by the Assam Police include close supervision of investigation of the important cases by senior officers and evolving a mechanism so that the investigating officers and Superintendents of Police can get legal advice during the investigation. Specialized training for investigation can also be of great help for the Assam Police personnel. The CBI officers are trained up in a training institute and such training is helpful in successful investigation of cases. The Assam Police personnel can also be trained up for investigation of cases relating to financial scams, he added.
It may be mentioned here that Sahay had worked as Superintendent of Police of different districts of the State including Karimganj, Cachar, Golaghat and Nagaon and as the DIG of the Western range. He also worked with the CBI and SSB on deputation and after his return, headed the CID of the Assam Police.