Hubballi: Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has said that the Regional Forensic Science Laboratory (RFSL) will soon have a narcotics wing as well.
Speaking after inaugurating the new Forensic Science Laboratory established in an NWKRTC building on Gokul Road here on Sunday, the CM said the laboratory has a DNA unit, physics, cyber forensic, mobile forensic, audio, and video divisions. Soon, a narcotics division will be started in this lab, he said.
Forensic science plays an important role in the detection of crime and justice delivery. Bengaluru’s labs used to take two or two and a half years to produce a report. Now, after the development of cyber forensic science divisions, the reports would be available in three months, he said.
The Chief Minister said that already 20 scientists are working in this RFSL and that around 80 personnel who have been appointed and are receiving training would be deployed in this RFSL and Ballari RFSL.
He also instructed NWKRTC to allot half an acre of their land for the construction of the Gokul Road police station, which is functioning from a rented building.
The CM announced the start of work on a new railway line between Dharwad and Belagavi via Kittur.
At present, Union Minister Pralhad Joshi has asked the CM to take the necessary steps to upgrade this RFSL to the FSLs functioning at Hyderabad and Bengaluru levels. He said the Union Government is ready to fund the up-gradation of this RFSL under the Nirbhaya fund if the government provides a building.
Home Minister Araga Jnanendra said that with the inauguration of this lab, a milestone in forensic science development has been achieved. Because of the flooding of crime scene samples, the FSLs are under pressure to deliver reports on time. In many cases, the filing of charge sheets used to get delayed. The government has appointed 450 officials to do the scientific investigation, and 450 crime scene officers have been appointed by the government, he said.
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