New briefing for officers interrogating gangsters: Get their Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat details
Police interrogation of arrested mobsters will now involve obtaining details of their social media accounts – Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Signal and Wickr – as well as their financial dealings, with the aim of tapping into their networks and d get details about their associates. This was conveyed to the force by Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana.
The decision to improve the interrogation procedure comes after the murder of Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala in Mayas several Delhi Police Special Cell teams were unaware of those working under imprisoned mobster Lawrence Bishnoi – the main defendant in the case – and their latest social media handles, we learn.
During a recent crime review meeting, Special Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Hargobinder Singh Dhaliwal made a presentation to the Commissioner of Police and said that additional information should be incorporated into the report of interrogation of organized gang members. He also shared forms and asked IOs to find details of social media IDs managed by the arrested person and IDs of affiliated gang members.
“IOs should ask the arrested gangster for social media account IDs and passwords, and if possible, ask the arrested accused to log in. IOs should check their phones and scan all installed social media apps They should also go through the browser history to check if they have visited a social website,” a senior police officer said.
Dhaliwal, in his presentation, also asked the IOs to verify the financial details of the arrested defendants. “IOs need to know bank details and PAN card details of arrested gang members; they should also scan call detail records (CDRs) for financial transaction messages and check their phones for financial banking applications,” the officer said.
The Special CP also directed DCPs from all districts and specialized units to send the details of the accused’s PAN card to the Financial Intelligence Unit-India (FIU-IND), an organization under the Ministry of Revenue, and also to check how many bank accounts are linked. with the PAN card.
“IOs should question arrested defendants about their cryptocurrency use and check their phones for installed cryptocurrency wallets and exchange apps – WazirX, Binance, Coinbase, CoinDCX and Kuber,” the statement said. officer.
Recently, the cyber cell Rohini District Police had busted a fake call center where they arrested four men from Chittorgarh in Rajasthan who allegedly tricked people under the guise of giving them loans and converted that money into cryptocurrency.
As cyber crooks take the cryptocurrency route to work with their associates in foreign countries and simultaneously hide money trails, police are alerting investigators to take a close look at phones, and in particular cryptographic applications, whenever an accused of fraud is arrested. While most crypto platforms are being used illegally in India, officers have been told to keep a “keep an eye out” for criminals and recover defrauded money at the earliest.