GPS tracking of criminals taking off in Nepal

GPS tracking of criminals taking off in Nepal


Kathmandu, Nepal: Nepal Police is likely to use GPS frequently to track suspected criminals, though no existing law warrants its use. The police have recently made an experimental use of GPS. About the first experiment, Rana Bahadur Chand, Chief of Metropolitan Police Crime Division (MPCD), Kathmandu, Nepal, said, “We have given GPS device to a criminal, and he is always supposed to possess and keep it functional.”

Chand said that he has been working on a plan to make wider use of the GPS devices to keep track of suspected criminals. “The effectiveness of the first experiment has encouraged us to take steps in that direction.”

No matter what the application of GPS device means in crime investigation, the practice can fail anytime unless its use is warranted by the laws, said officials.

SSP Chand, however, claimed that he had introduced the practice as per the authority conferred on the police by existing laws to monitor any person under suspicion. “We have just exercised that authority,” he added.

Some officials contend that the existing criminal laws alone suffice to keep track of criminals who are released on “Hajir Jamani”– the practice of releasing the suspects on a condition to report back when called — through the device.