"Though Dawood Ibrahim was in the custody of Maharashtra Police number of times, it doesn't have any record of his fingerprints," said NK Tripathi, National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) Director General.
"If the police had this record, then it could have taken action against the fugitive in a much better way," said Tripathi.
According to him work was going on in the 'Crime and Criminal Record Tracking System' and once it is finished, the system would produce the finger print records of all the arrested prisoners in the concerned police station which had fingerprint records of the prisoners.
Tripathi further said that there were 15,000 police stations in the country and all the stations would get connected through these systems adding that work was at progress and would get over in an year. Once it was over the police officials would be trained to operate the system.
Dawood who has been long absconding is one of the most wanted criminals by the country for his alleged role in the 1993 Mumbai blasts and is believed to be in Pakistan.
According to reports, the fugitive underworld don has chickened out and fled Pakistan temporarily to safer havens in the aftermath of the Osama bin Laden killing.
There are a plethora of reasons that can be attributed for the fear. First and foremost, is the possibility of US expanding its horizon for the war against terror, which would inevitably encompass them as well.
The second reason is the fear of India carrying out similar operations to gun down its most wanted terrorist.
And finally, they are unsure of Pakistan's ability to further safeguard them, given the way US killed Laden right under the nose of country's military. Then again, they are not too sure if Pakistan would risk it's image and wouldn't hand them over to India or any other country.