Guwahati, Aug 31: Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday flagged off the first batch of mobile forensic vans for the directorate of forensic science. These vans have been introduced to augment the investigative capabilities of the law enforcement agencies in the state.
Sarma flagged off the first batch of seven mobile forensic vans during a ceremony held at the Assam Secretariat Complex in Dispur.
Speaking at the event, Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “I am confident the mobile forensic vans will contribute immensely towards Assam Police’s forensic evidence collection capabilities, which in turn would lead to significant increase in conviction rates in days to come. It is often seen that under-trials accused of serious criminal offences go scot free owing to lack of adequate evidence, which is required for conviction.”
“The forensic vans are equipped with state-of-the-art equipments and tools, which will help the law enforcement agencies to reach crime scenes at the earliest and would enable the investigators to collect and securely preserve crucial evidences and ensure that the same are not contaminated,” said Sarma.
The state government will allocate sufficient numbers of resource persons and forensic for each of these vans. More such mobile forensic vehicles will be made available to the law enforcement in future.
Speaking on the importance of forensic evidence in convictions under the criminal justice system, Sarma said a robust forensic science regime has to exist to deal with crimes ranging from murder to drug trafficking. With this objective the state government has decided to establish four regional forensic science laboratories across the state, of which three are already operating.
Moreover, as many as 400 police personnel from the Assam police force are being trained at the Ahmedabad based National Forensic Science University and the expertise they gain would aid them in solving complex cases requiring application of sophisticated forensic science techniques.