The Telangana Police have recovered 5,038 mobile phones, generated traceability reports for 11,297 mobile phones, and blocked as many as 55,219 phones ever since the Central Equipment Identity Register (CEIR) portal developed by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) was launched in the state.
DGP Anjani Kumar Tuesday said that Telangana stands first in the country in the percentage of recovery (67.98 per cent) of lost or stolen mobile devices using the CEIR portal and is followed by Karnataka (54.20 per cent) and Andhra Pradesh (50.90 per cent) in second and third places, respectively. Though the CEIR portal was launched nationwide on May 17, Telangana adopted the system on April 19 as part of a pilot project for DoT. In Karnataka, it has been operational since September 2022.
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On Tuesday, DGP Kumar said the CEIR portal developed by DoT to curb the menace of mobile theft and counterfeit mobile devices has proven to be a boon to residents of Telangana. Kumar congratulated nodal officer Additional DG of Crime (Investigation Department) Mahesh M Bhagwat and his team for consistently monitoring and helping unit-level teams in recovering the highest percentage of mobile phones using the CEIR portal.
Bhagwat, designated as the nodal officer for the CEIR portal, monitors the operations of trained officers in all 780 police stations across the state. A statement from the DGP’s office said, “5038 lost or stolen mobile devices were recovered in 110 days, of which the last 1000 devices were recovered in 16 days and handed over to complainants.”
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In terms of tracing and recovering devices, the Cyberabad police commissionerate stood first with 763 recoveries during the period, followed by Hyderabad commissionerate with 402 recoveries and the Rachakonda police commissionerate with 398 recoveries. In the state, the Telangana Police and the DoT have integrated the CEIR portal with TS Police Citizen Portal to enhance user experience. Instead of visiting a Mee Seva centre or a police station, a complainant could use the portal to report his or her lost or stolen mobile phone.
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