Bangladeshi National Arrested For Smuggling And Selling Drugs in Kolkata, India

April 5, 2019 | Brainwave Science

Bangladeshi National Arrested For Smuggling And Selling Drugs in Kolkata, IndiaSITUATION

The Kolkata Police on Thursday arrested a Bangladeshi national with 400 tablets of methamphetamine, or yaba, worth Rs 80,000 (around $1000). The man, in his 30s, was identified as Tapas Ahmed. Yaba, a psychotropic substance, is generally smuggled in from Burma and is used as a recreational drug.

Ahmed, hailing from Hazaribagh in Dhaka, was arrested from Collin Lane locality in Kolkata. He used to procure the drugs in the Bangladeshi capital, where he sold the narcotic to boarders staying at guest houses and hotels in the area. His customers, who were often foreigners, also lived in the neighboring areas of Free School Street and Marquis Street.

“The police are also searching for others involved in the drug racket, including hotel and guest house staffers,” said Praveen Tripathi, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), in a statement. “Ahmed was staying in India for the last few years without valid documents.”

A case has been filed against him at the Park Street Police station under several sections of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substance Act, along with Section 14 of the Foreigner’s Act for staying on in India without a visa.

CHALLENGE

In June, 2018 5 Chinese Nationals Arrested With 200 Kg Drugs Worth Rs 40 Crore in Kolkata. The latest case like the previous one is related to both drug trafficking and border security. The contraband has traveled from Burma to Bangladesh and also made its way to India. At the same time, there is a person who has been living illegally for months. It is evident that screening and security checks at borders need to be strengthened. India has a very porous border with Bangladesh thus not every entry and exit point can be monitored. A polygraph test when run on the arrested person may reveal if he is lying, but it is unreliable and highly subjective. Besides, such a test is not fool-proof. It cannot be of much use in gathering additional information. Thus, investigators still must spend a lot of time and resources gathering information, most of which is already present in the mind of the perpetrator.

What the police and investigative agencies need is a litmus test which can quickly detect if a person is involved in trafficking. If such a technology is developed, it could very well be used in the investigation of other types of crimes like human trafficking, to screen immigration applicants, terrorism, law enforcement.

The challenge for law enforcement agencies is to keep up with the dynamic drug scene in the country. To add to this, law enforcement and anti-narcotics departments are always under-staffed and under-funded, there needs to be  a modern intelligence gathering mechanism which can not only detect if a person has knowledge of a specific crime but can also find out more about his or her criminal affiliations, rank and stature in criminal organizations, linkages between many criminal organizations, use historical data to find linkages, etc.

 WHY ICOGNATIVE?

For decades the investigative agencies have lived with this gap between the huge number of cases and the rudimentary investigative techniques. Not any more, Brainwave Science has come up with a technology which can help solve crimes faster, with lesser cost and effort. In addition to that, it enables law enforcement agencies to avoid the use of coercion and torture as a method to elicit a confession or extract information from an arrested person. Based in Massachusetts in the United States of America, Brainwave Science is a company which believes in the elimination of human suffering from the process of interrogation and investigation.

The technology is called iCognative. It can reliably and accurately find out if a person has knowledge of crime-specific details or not. This is invaluable because it helps the investigators to quickly screen the arrested suspects and zero in on the correct one. By using iCognative, the investigators, can, for example, focus on a handful of suspects rather than dozens. This means that the investigation is more focused and will wind up quicker. iCognative is applicable to 85-90% of all civil and criminal cases. Agencies which deal with national security, border control, immigration, counterterrorism, law enforcement, and human and drug trafficking, can all make use of iCognative as an intelligence gathering and screening tool.

iCognative does this by focusing on the suspect’s brain and his memory centers. When a person plans or executes a crime, they spend a considerable amount of time thinking about. It is important for them and the details get imprinted in their memory, in other words, they know minute details like faces, tools, places, dates, times related to the crime they committed. Officers investigate the crime and look for information. Only the information known by the perpetrator or accomplice is shown to the arrested suspects. At the same time, they are made to wear specialized headsets which can measure their brain responses to the information which is displayed. Images, words, pictures, phrases etc, also called stimuli, are displayed on a computer screen. If the test subject is familiar with the stimulus, their brain reacts in a way. The headset records responses to all stimuli and relays it to the iCognative computer. After a 45-minute test, the results are available immediately. With impeccable accuracy (99+ %), the iCognative system tells if the crime-specific information is present in the suspect’s brain or not.

iCognative is not just another technology which will sit beside Polygraph and DNA testing, but it will charge ahead.  In this case, Tapas Ahmed and later the guest house staffers can be made to undergo the iCognative test. The stimuli can be the pictures  and details of the guest-houses, suspected entry and exit points from the country, pictures of Ahmed at various location in India and in Bangladesh, information and call records retrieved from the confiscated phones, known peddlers, in order to determine organizations he might be affiliated to, pictures of trafficking routes and methods, etc

The Anti-Narcotics agencies and Park Street Police must try out iCognative in order to gather maximum information about the trafficking methods and traffickers operating in Bangladesh and India, in a cost-effective, quick, reliable and actionable manner.

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