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CID Assam has developed the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) report online downloading facility for the districts and Guwahati City Commissionerate.

With this feature, the experts in the FSL immediately after completing their analysis and preparation of the expert’s opinion can upload the report of the case in the e-FSL module after selecting the concerned district/city commissionerate in the dropdown menu.

Then the report will be visible on the dashboard of the concerned district/city commissionerate.

A nodal officer of the rank of additional SP, who has been assigned an interoperable criminal justice system (ICJS) ID, can download the reports.

To ensure the confidentiality and data integrity, 3-layered OTP authentication has been enabled. The system generated OTPs will be received by the concerned police nodal officer on his CUG mobile as well as on his official email ID.

This feature will ensure timely receipt of Forensic Science Laboratory reports by the districts/city commissionerate and can help in early completion of investigation.

In the present system, once the forensic report is ready for dispatch, FSL writes to the districts concerned to collect the reports, then a constable from the respective district will have to visit the Forensic Science Laboratory and bring the report physically. This has been consuming several weeks of valuable time.

Further due to communication gaps the reports were lying at FSL for months delaying the investigations. In some cases, filing of chargesheets got delayed due to nonreceipt of FSL reports and as a result the accused got statutory bail. However, with this new system such problems can be prevented.

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This facility of online download of Forensic Science Laboratory reports has been inaugurated by the DGP Assam at police headquarters on March 29, which will help the Assam Police in a long way in early completion of the investigations. They also announced that Assam is the first state in the country to develop this facility using the ICJS platform.

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