The control crime, the Andhra Pradesh Police on Saturday launched the DNA Index System (DIS), the first-of-its-kind initiative that allows generation of DNA profiles from live samples like saliva and blood stains within 90 to 120 minutes. This system uses the latest DNA technology tool developed by IntegenX, Inc., USA known as RapidHIT DNA System.
AP Director General of Police N Samasiva Rao said that as part of the proactive policing, the Andhra Pradesh government launched the DNA Index System for the first time in India. “DNA profiling plays a crucial role in solving crimes and also has the potential to link a series of crimes by placing the suspects by linking them with the crime scene. It could also help the suspects prove their innocence,”he said.
To demonstrate the efficacy of the system by generating the DNA profiles, a pilot project was initiated involving the 1st batch of convicts and alleged suspects involved in various cases. The machine’s testing was initiated by Anand Gupta, Founder & CEO of IntegenX, Inc., USA,and Dr. Roy Swiger, former CSO, Florida Police Department.
Dr Kaza Purnachandra Gandhi, Founder of Truth Labs, and currently, Advisor to the Government of Andhra Pradesh on Forensics and Allied Police Support Services, said that the DNA Index System has vast potential to bring down crime. “First, we can create a huge database of DNA profiles of offenders. Second, with DNA in the database, repeat offenders will be easily and quickly caught which will bring down crime rate. Third, all over the country backlogs of cases are piling up. For instance, Delhi FSL has a backlog of 3 years. This system helps to test and create DNA profiles of seven persons within two hours. Profiles of thousands of prisoners for various offences will be fed into the database. After release from jail, if they commit any crime, the DNA test will reveal within two hours instead of several days. The system can help resolve missing persons cases with on the spot DNA testing,’’ Dr Gandhi said.
Officials said that while DNA labs take up nearly 3,000 sq feet space, the DNA System machine occupies just 3 cubic feet space. Each machine costs Rs 2 to Rs 3 Crores. The AP Government which put the first machine to use today is likely to order more machines to installed in all district police headquarters. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu who launched the first machine said his aim is to make Andhra Pradesh a crime free state in India through the usage of latest technology in forensic labs. He ordered for the introduction of this system immediately.