Last month, a team of Delhi police arrested two suspected criminals, Shailesh Kumar and Mohammad Hanif, with seven domestically made pistols, a motorcycle, a machine and materials used to make firearms. During questioning, the two defendants revealed that they, with their associates, made illegal firearms and sold them in the nation’s capital.
In another case, police arrested a man, Sahil alias Vicky, who was involved in a robbery at Geeta settlement with a domestically made pistol and three live cartridges.
In both cases, police teams were alerted by informants, mostly locals, assisting the police in a special operation against illegal weapons. Police handed out both a cash reward of ??10,000.
As part of a new program to encourage people to provide information that can help police find illegal firearms, Delhi Police has increased the reward amount from Rs 1,000 to Rs 5,000 to ??10,000 to 25,000 Rs.
“In the past five months, more than 25 people have been awarded for information on illegal weapons. So far we have given ??1,000 to 5,000 to informants who shared information about these criminals. But now, under the new regime, they will get at least ??10,000, “said a senior police official involved in the operation on condition of anonymity.
The police informant, who assisted the police in arresting Shailesh and Hanif, said, “Many young people from our villages started coming to Hanif’s house late in the evening and were returning home in the afternoon. A boy, who was my distant cousin, left his college for this vocation. If the two had not been caught, dozens of young people in our village could have been trapped in the illegal business of manufacturing firearms. That’s why I thought about telling the police.
The police informant in the second case said Sahil’s pseudonym Vicky used to trick gullible young people in the village to make easy money.
HT does not disclose the identity of informants for their safety.
Senior police officers said the identities of the informants were kept secret and their safety ensured.
Delhi police also instructed informants to use smartphones and spy cameras, in an attempt to receive concrete information. Under the eyes and ears of the police, citizens are encouraged to keep an eye out for suspicious and illegal activity around them and to notify the police.
Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana said the new initiative aims to boost the flow of information. “Police boundaries are defined by law, but that shouldn’t mean there is no room for innovation and experimentation. The idea is to involve the public in collecting information. It gives positive results. Our gendarmes educate all stakeholders such as guards, security guards, vegetable and fruit vendors, parking guards, drivers, residents and associations helping traders, so that they can keep keep an eye out for criminals in their neighborhoods and share information with us, “he said.
“The identity of the informant will be kept secret. If anyone would like to share the information directly with me, it can be sent as an SMS or a WhatsApp message, directly to my official number. These informants are paid secretly because secrecy is an important aspect in the fight against crime, ”said Asthana.
Former Delhi Police Chief Ajay Raj Sharma, several citizens want to help the “system” if their identity is protected.
“It can really work very well in cracking down on illegal guns, if the police offer cash rewards as an incentive. They are officially known as Confidential Human Source (CHS) or Criminal Informants (CI) in the world of law enforcement. In our efforts to fight crime, we often rely heavily on the statements of our secret informants, as their communications have proven to be vital for the detection of criminal activity, ”he said.
It can be noted that at least 2,000 illegal pistols manufactured in the country are seized each year in Delhi. Criminals in the city use illegal weapons of various types, such as domestically produced, automatic and imported ones.
In cases of weapons seized from criminals in the city, Delhi police in recent years have pinned the source of the nationally produced pistols to illegal factories in places such as Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Aligarh, Agra, Mathura, Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh. Police also discovered pistols had been smuggled into Delhi from factories in Dhar, Khargone, Burhanpur, Indore, Gwalior and Sendwa in Madhya Pradesh, as well as Khagaria and Munger in Bihar.