‘Big Brother’ app combats gangsterism in India


TAMIL Nadu police will introduce an app to monitor the tens of thousands of gang members in the state, Malaysia Nanban reported.

State police identified 16,502 gang members operating throughout Tamil Nadu, with 3,175 gangsters in Chennai alone.

These gangsters are categorised as A+, A, B+ and B based on their activities and threat level to the public.

The new app, which is known as “Parunthuu” (hawk), will be operated by the information technology division of the state police.

It will allow officers to access names, known locations, criminal records and pending cases, associates and family backgrounds, court sentences and other information.

Police said having such a database accessible through the app would help authorities act quickly to obtain arrest warrants and even search and locate those gone underground.

> The daily also reported that the Hindu community in Ampang, Selangor, has urged the local council to identify a 0.6ha site for a new crematorium instead of at the Ampang Jaya Hindu and Chinese cemeteries.

They recently staged a protest objecting a proposed electric crematorium at the cemetery, which they claimed could destroy existing graves.

A member of the cemetery protection action committee, identified as Balaguru, said the cemetery that was set up in 1958 had served the community for over 60 years.

● The above article is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.

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