GUWAHATI, Nov 19 – The Crime Branch of Assam Police, set up recently, will look after criminal cases on ‘priority basis’ and is likely to be refrained from attending VVIP and law-and-order duties.
Home Department sources told The Assam Tribune that the branch, which presently is headed by Additional Superintendent of Police (Guwahati) Amitabh Sinha, will be attached with a team of investigators placed in each police station of the city.
“The idea is to prioritize cases of serious nature and facilitate speedy investigation. As investigators very often blame it on the law-and-order duty for tardy investigation, the department plans to keep the unit confined to investigation,” the source said, adding that the Government will also set up crime branch units in other districts of the State in a phased manner on the basis of prevailing crime scenario.
“We are about to sanction new posts to make the unit operational at the earliest,” the source further said.
He went on to add that the branch will also be armed with skilled manpower which will work in tandem with other branches of the Assam Police.
Guwahati has recently emerged as the hotbed of criminal activities with a sharp rise in the number of murder and theft cases.
Meanwhile, a senior Assam Police official, when asked, said that the Crime Branch unit at Guwahati is streamlining the mode of its operation. “The prevailing crime scenario in Guwahati is being analysed and criminal track records are also being studied,” he said.