New facts for police questioning gangsters: Police to learn more about their Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat platforms
To delve into the networks of the imprisoned gangsters and learn more about their connections, police will now question the gangsters and demand information about their social media accounts, including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Signal, and Wickr, and also their financial activities. Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana informed the force of this.
After the killing of Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala in May, the Delhi Police Special Cell decided to upgrade the interrogation process because, according to information obtained, several teams were unaware of those working for the main suspect in the case, imprisoned gangster Lawrence Bishnoi, and their most recent social media handles.
Hargobind Singh Dhaliwal, Special Commissioner of Police (Special Cell), recently addressed the Police Commissioner at a crime review meeting and suggested that the interrogation report of individuals of criminal gangs include more details. Additionally, he distributed proformas and requested that the IOs track for information on the social media IDs that the arrested person used and the IDs of gang members who were linked with him.
“The IOs should ask the arrested gangster about the IDs of social media accounts and passwords, and if possible, ask the arrested accused to login. The IOs should check their phones and scan all installed social media apps. They should also go through browser history to check if they visited any social website,” a senior police officer said.
In his statement, Dhaliwal also urged the IOs to look into the arrested suspect’s financial information. The officer said that in addition to scanning call detail records (CDRs) for financial transaction messages and checking mobile phones for financial banking apps, IOs should be aware of the bank and PAN card information of the imprisoned gang members.
The Financial Intelligence Unit-India (FIU-IND), an organization under the Department of Revenue, was also requested by the Special CP to receive the PAN card information of the accused and to determine how many bank accounts are related to it.
“The IOs should ask the arrested accused about their cryptocurrency usage and check their phones for installed cryptocurrency wallets and exchange applications – WazirX, Binance, Coinbase, CoinDCX, and Kuber,” the officer said.
Four men from Chittorgarh, Rajasthan, were detained after the Rohini district police’s cyber unit busted a fake call center where they were allegedly misleading people under the guise of granting them loans before turning the money into cryptocurrencies.
Police are warning detectives to carefully look at cellphones, and especially crypto applications, whenever a fraud suspect is detained because cybercriminals are using cryptocurrencies to collaborate with their contacts in other countries while also obscuring money traces. Officers have been instructed to maintain a “close eye” on criminals and recover stolen money as soon as possible, even though the majority of cryptocurrency platforms are used illegally in India.