The Alipore police station, which has a 115-year-old malkhana, on Saturday introduced a facility under which all seized items will be scanned and digitised. The e-malkhana— a term being coined by police commissioner Somen Mitra—will ensure that anyone, from the Lalbazar top brass to the OC of neighbouring police stations, can check the items for reference.
This apart, the dingy room has been spruced up into a modern vault. “Access will be given to four officers. They will use a card where they will have to key in a PIN and fingerprints will be matched. Items that are over a year old will be marked in red and recent ones in blue,” said an officer.