Pune Police’s Forensic Motorcycles Set to Revolutionize Evidence Collection

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Pune, 14th June 2024: Starting July 1, Pune police will introduce two I-Bikes (investigation motorcycles) in each of the city’s five police zones. These motorcycles, operated by trained police personnel, aim to expedite the collection of forensic evidence from the scenes of serious crimes punishable by seven or more years of imprisonment.

This initiative aligns with the new criminal laws under the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita (BNS) and the Bharatiya Sakshya Sanhita, set to be implemented next month. The I-Bikes will be equipped with essential tools and materials for collecting critical evidence, such as hair strands, fingerprints, photographs, blood stains, and saliva.

“The new Bharatiya Sakshya Act emphasizes the swift collection of evidence to be presented in court,” said Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Shailesh Balkawade. “Forensic evidence collectors and constables will be required to film and record the entire collection process using digital cameras. These video recordings will also be submitted in court.”

Currently, each police unit, including the city police commissionerate and rural police headquarters, has a forensic van that visits crime scenes to collect evidence. Balkawade noted that the new I-Bikes will enhance the evidence collection process, allowing personnel to reach crime scenes quickly, especially in urban settings. “Each police zone will have two motorcycles to ensure rapid response,” he added.

Balkawade highlighted that weather conditions, such as rain or strong winds, often compromise evidence if forensic experts arrive late. “The new motorcycles will help prevent such issues,” he said.

A senior forensic sciences expert emphasized the importance of immediate evidence collection from scenes of murder, rape, arson, and other crimes. “Timely collection provides vital clues for detecting cases and securing convictions, as this evidence is scientifically validated,” the expert explained.