The government has sanctioned Rs.60 crore for the project. The crime branch would be used by the police to crack major cases and gather intelligence.

The districts where these cells will be opened are Kanpur, Varanasi, Agra, Allahabad, Lucknow, Etawah, Mathura, Muzaffarnagar, Meerut, Gorakhpur, Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar (Noida), Bareilly, and Bulandshahr.

"While separate offices will be constructed for the crime branch, budget has been sanctioned for purchase of surveillance gadgets and vehicles. A total of 35 posts are being created for the crime branch," an official said.

In each of the crime branch offices in the 14 districts, two inspectors, eight sub-inspectors and 25 constables will be recruited and the force would be headed by an additional superintendent of police (ASP).

(Agencies)

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