Pune/New Delhi, 22nd September 2022: The All India Fingerprint Director Conference was conducted by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) in New Delhi between 20th and 21st September 2022.
The conference was inaugurated by Ajay Kumar Mishra, Minister of State, Home Affairs, Govt. of India, in the presence of Shyamal Mishra (IAS), Addl. Sec., Ministry of State, Home Affairs, Gol, Vivek Gogia (IPS), Director NCRB, Sanjay Mathur (IPS), Jt. Director CCTNS, NCRB, Deepak M. Damor (IPS), Jt. Director (Admin), NCRB, and Ravindar Kumar, Director, Central Fingerprint Bureau. The conference was also attended by various central agencies and representatives of DGPs of all the states through an online webcasting portal.
From the Maharashtra State CID, Pankaj Deshmukh, Superintendent of Police, Shrirang Tekawade, Director Fingerprint Bureau, Pune, and Rohidas Kasar, Senior Police Inspector (FP), were present.
At the conference, discussion on various topics, including the preparation of SOPs related to the collection of biometric records of criminals, NAFIS, and training of fingerprint experts to make the seamless work of all the fingerprint bureaus of state, took place. On the national level, NCRB conducts the “All India Board Examination for Fingerprint Expert.” In this exam, candidates from across the states appear. In 2021, Priyanka Sapkal, Assistant Police Inspector (Fingerprint), got the first rank, and she was awarded a prestigious trophy named “Sir Aziz-ul-Hak” in the field of fingerprint science. The prize was awarded by Ajay Kumar Mishra, Minister of State, Home Affairs, Govt. of India. This Rolling trophy was awarded to Maharashtra last in 1975 and 1990. After 32 years, Maharashtra CID has bagged it once again.
At the 23rd All India Fingerprint Director Conference, nomination for the best case in the category of “Smart Use of Fingerprint Science in Investigation” has been called from all states. Under this category, Sarika Tilekar, Assistant Police Inspector of Fingerprint Bureau, CID, Mumbai, has presented the case of Sakinaka police station CR. No. 937/2021 under section 302, 307, 376, 323, 504, 34 IPC. In this case, a victim was raped by the accused and died in the hospital. A fingerprint expert visited the scene of the crime and developed a chance print which was then found identical to the accused. As this case was highly sensitive and has been proceeded in the fast-track court, important evidence submitted by Sarika Tilekar, API, was admitted by the court, and the accused was convicted with the death penalty. Sarika Tilekar got the first prize in the “Smart Use of Fingerprint Science in Investigation” as evidence submitted by her was considered the most important in the case investigation. The prize was awarded by Vivek Gogia (IPS), NCRB. Shrirang Tekawade Director/Supdt. of Police(F.P), Finger Print Bureau, C.I.D., Pune and Sanjay Rawal Director/Supdt. of Police(F.P), Finger Print Bureau, C.I.D., Mumbai, provided their valuable guidance for the detection and court evidence of this case.