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Want a free ride at night in Morena? Dial 100

The Madhya Pradesh government had launched Dial 100 emergency police service about a year ago to take swift actions. But some people in Morena district are dialing 100 to hitch a ride after lodging false complaints.

bhopal Updated: Nov 30, 2016 09:47 IST
The Madhya Pradesh government had launched Dial 100 emergency police service about a year ago to take swift actions. But some people in Morena district are dialing 100 to hitch a ride after lodging false complaints.
The Madhya Pradesh government had launched Dial 100 emergency police service about a year ago to take swift actions. But some people in Morena district are dialing 100 to hitch a ride after lodging false complaints. (Praveen Bajpai/HT file)

It was meant to ensure swift police response to distress calls. But it is turning out to be something else the police hadn’t bargained for.

The Madhya Pradesh government had launched Dial 100 emergency police service about a year ago to take swift actions. But some people in Morena district are dialing 100 to hitch a ride after lodging false complaints.

“The complainants usually call the Dial 100 service at night. They inform the police officials about an incident involving a firing incident or accident at a place where they are present. The police personnel of the police station concerned after receiving information about the location reach swiftly only to find that no such incident has happened,” a police official from Morena district told HT on condition of anonymity.

The official said that majority of such calls are from people late at night from interior places.

“The police after finding no such incidents at the location calls back to the number from which the complaint was received but finds it switched off. After few minutes a couple of men approach the Dial 100 vehicle and ask the police personnel to drop them at their place or somewhere near it citing non- availability of conveyance,” said the police official, adding that the policemen in the Dial 100 vehicle agree to drop them on humanitarian ground. He also said most of the people they give lifts are found mostly in the middle of the night near wedding venues.

“Apart from the wedding venues, the Dial 100 party also receives calls from complainants who inform about an accident on the highways at night. In such complaints too, when the police reach the location, they find no such incidents but few people with a broken car who approach the police for help in fixing their car or giving them a lift to their places,” said the official adding that the police generally could not track the complainant after reaching the location as they switch off their phones immediately after lodging their complainant.

’There are at least five to six such false complaints per month’

“There are at least five to six such false complaints per month in the district especially from Mata Basaiya, Civil Lines and Banmore localities. The complainants deliberately mentions about a firing incident because they know that police would respond swiftly if they mention firing considering the crime scenario in the district. The police later forget to take action against the complainant making false complaint because of their busy schedule. The people are misusing the service and at the same time wasting our time,” said the official.

Action against false complainants doesn’t seem to have had a deterrent effect

It is not that such callers have an absolutely free run. There have been action against some of them in the past, but it doesn’t seem to have had a deterrent effect.

Speaking to HT on the issue, superintendent of police (Dial 100), Amit Saxena said that police reserves the right to take action against such complainants.

“The police have many times taken action against such complainants. There are provisions under IPC under which the police can take action against such people for giving wrong information,” said Saxena adding that the service should not be misused by the people.