Anklet of Surveillance

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The Jammu and Kashmir police has come up with a novel idea of tracking OGW’s who are out on bail and their movement to ensure they are no more involved in any anti-social activities. With this idea of tying an anklet around the wrist of an accused installed with GPS to track the activities is first in the country by any police force.

It was first decided on Saturday when a court of the Special Investigation Agency granted bail to one terror accused Ghulam Mohammad Dar in Udhampur jail. The prosecutrix objected to the bail but he was granted with same condition.

The DGP later told media persons that the bail is granted on a condition that the person (offender), once out (on bail) will not repeat or commit any offence again; will not tamper or destroy the evidence; threaten or influence witnesses and will not hatch any conspiracy or indulge in related activity. Law grants bail, reposing its trust that the person will not violate any of these conditions.

It was decided on the court directions to tie a GPS laden anklet around his wrist to track his activities and movement after he was released on bail. While this is the first ever case where the technology is used by police across the country, it is to be believed that the move may be fully used by police in various other crimes and anti-social activities to curb them. The media has already reported that in European countries, the GPS is likely to be used to stop narcotics smuggling, drug abuse and domestic violence.

However, it has yet to go through the legal check up to understand if it infringes the personal liberty and the right to privacy of the person. It is to be seen through the legal prism if the accused are entitled for such privileges of right to liberty and right to privacy which is likely to be violated by the move.

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