RAB launches database for criminals

Members of RAB stand guard during a rally by the BNP and its alliance in front of their party office in Dhaka.

The database will generate 150 types of information about a person having criminal records

Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) yesterday launched a centralised database system for criminals.

The database will generate 150 types of information about a person having criminal records.

It will store information on some 40,000 criminals active throughout the country.

State Minister for Home Affairs Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal yesterday inaugurated the database system in the headquarters of the elite crime busting force RAB at Uttara in the capital.

Inspector General of Police Hassan Mahmood Khandker was present at the programme.

The preserved information about a person will be included name, addresses, eyeballs, fingerprints, face shape, domicile and details provided in the national identity card. The RAB will collect information about a person once caught by them. The database system was first initiated in 2011.

Since then the battalion officials have visited 64 jails across the country and collected details of convicted people in criminal offenses, said RAB Legal and Media Wing Director Mufti Mahmud Khan.

The database will help law enforcers to catch criminal from anywhere in Bangladesh.

Once the aforesaid information is collected lawmen can identify professional criminals if they commit any crime after securing bail from court, said the battalion official.

Inaugurating the database, Asaduzzaman Khan said the system would help curb crimes and the criminals will also think about twice before they commit crimes as they would know their detailed information is stored.

Asaduzzaman Khan, the state minister, said the government had taken initiatives to recruit 50,000 more policemen to keep the order.

The formation of a special unit under police is underway to curb cyber crimes, he added.

The battalion officials said there would be separate code for every criminal and law enforcers would easily be able to find out the details after logging on with the code.

When professional criminals are caught by lawmen, they usually provide fabricated information during interrogation making it difficult for the law enforcers to unearth the real incident.

But the lawmen can easily identify criminals and unearth any incident using the digital database, said RAB officials.

The database has already been linked with the NID database for perfection and RAB will also link it with MRP (Machine Readable Passport) and BRTA’s digital license and registration databases.

Source: Dhaka Tribune