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Delhi Police begins beat-wise identification of homeless

Delhi Police begins beat-wise identification of homeless

New Delhi: The Delhi Police has started beat-wise identification of homeless persons sleeping on the street of the city. In between, 350-400 vagabonds of different age groups found living in the Kotwali police station jurisdiction.

According to the police, they are creating a data bank of all these people with the photographs. "If any crime happened with vagabonds or they are involved in any offence, then we can conduct our investigation with the help of the data bank," an officer added.

Confirming the news, Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Nupur Prasad told Millennium Post that the following initiative comes under 'Pehchaan' scheme.

"We are profiling the homeless persons and making sure that they did not become vulnerable to crime and easy targets for criminals," said DCP North.

The profiling has started few months ago. Most of the police station staffs visit different places (where they sleep) for taking photographs and their details.

In Kotwali police station, more than 50 police personnel including SHO (Kotwali) Rajeev Bharadwaj has created the profile of more than 350 homeless living in 20 beat area of police personnel.

"Identifying through beat will help us to know the place where homeless people are living," police said.

The investigating agency claimed that the details like ID mark, telephone number (if any), permanent address taken from the homeless person.

"During profiling, we have found that vagabonds are migrants and involved petty jobs like construction labourer or as a loader in any shop. Once the work ends, they return to the street and get back to sleep," said one of the officer.

Another police officer claimed that mixed reactions came from the side of homeless people when they (police) asked them about their


"We have found several homeless people who shared all their details with us while many of them hesitated to give their address," police said adding that the following profiling is an ongoing process.

On the other hand, Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) also identified the homeless family.

More than 4,000 families were found sleeping without any roof in the city, revealed the ongoing survey of the child rights body with other NGOs in Delhi.

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