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Delhi-London Police 'hotline' to check crime

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New Delhi, Mar 26 (UNI) With crimes like money laundering and 'wife dumping' on the rise among the South-Asian community in London, the Metropolitan Police there plans to set up a direct 'Hotline' with the Delhi Police to enhance law-enforcement between security agencies in Britain and India.

Addressing the media after the first 'Economic Crime Roundtable' on 'Global Trends in Economic Crime' here, Metropolitan Police Service's Assistant Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur said among the various steps proposed at the meet was setting up a 'Hotline' between the police forces of the two countries.

''We also shared the roadmap which could prove useful in arresting crime and smashing networks, out to disrupt normal peaceful life. This was important as more and more business people from both countries were investing increasingly at both places.'' The areas we hope to concentrate initially are economic offences concerning business, money laundering and data theft as crime among the South-Asian community had risen by almost 300 per cent in the last five years , he said.

''The idea is to send across the message that anybody commiting a crime would not escape the 'reach of law'. For this we are exploring ways of communication with the objective of knowledge sharing among law-enforcement agencies.'' Among the ten areas put forward by the Metropolitan Police on laying stress during interaction were cyber crime, money laundering, identity abuse, revenue evasion, police-to-police contact and exploring funding besides sponsoring capabilities for improving skills on each side by the business community.

Chief Security Officer Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Principal Partner of the 'Consultative Roundtable on Globalisation&Economic Crime', said ways and means on how technology could bring about commonality of purpose and a standard in the police system and other agencies were discussed at the meet.

''The meet was to share ideas, mutual assistance and intelligence and devise a framework which could help bring about tangible results on preventing criminals from getting away after committing one.'' The next round-table on knowledge sharing to be held in London in June next would try to find efective ways of tackling 21st century crime, he added.

Among the agencies who participated in the roundtable on creating a framework for knowledge and intelligence sharing, held early this week were the Commonwealth Business Council, Delhi Police, CBI, Supreme Court advocates and Customs among others.

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