to track the killers of a goldsmith.
Tracking the killers also solved the May 2008 bomb blast in a Hubli court for which Islamist militants were initially suspected. It was eventually found to be the work of a criminal gang with affiliations to Hindu extremists.
Landur dropped out of a polytechnic in Belgaum and took up a computer course in 1993 because he “realized information technology is the future”.
“In 1993, the computer course fee was Rs 23,000. I could not afford it so I drove an autorickshaw at night to pay for the course,” he said, adding that his earnings were supplemented with contributions from a local businessman.
“My passion was to develop high-end software and this led me to start Prosoft. My only inspiration was my passion for IT,” he says.
While Prosoft initially dabbled in creating a health systems software for a district in Karnataka, it took to CDR analysis for police in a big way after Landur was encouraged by B Dayananda, now an IGP rank officer and director of Bangalore’s Forensic Science Laboratory.
Dayananda, who worked with Landur to develop the C5 CDR analyzer, said it is in use across Karnataka and has been quite successful in solving several complicated cases.
“Earlier, only tech-savvy officers had knowledge of CDR analysis. Nowadays, most police personnel have very good knowledge of it. In the last few years, CDR analysis has played a vital role in almost all cases and has proved to be a very useful tool for investigating officers,” says Landur.