Confusion over jurisdiction helps criminals flee from spot

  • Amandeep Dixit, Hindustan Times, SAS Nagar
  • Updated: Jan 01, 2015 11:14 IST

Criminals were successful in carjacking and fleeing from the spot owing to inability of the Phase 1 and Balongi police to decide the jurisdiction on time to register the case on Tuesday night. Interestingly, instead of chasing the accused, cops kept arguing for more than two hours.

The car was snatched from near Bariyali village. After the complainant called the police helpline at 9.47pm, a police team from Phase 1 reached the spot. But, cops from Balongi police stations were already at the spot.

However, it is alleged that instead of tracing criminals, the station house officers (SHOs) started passing the buck to other police stations.

When contacted, SHO Balongi, Jaswinder Singh, said, “The area falls under the jurisdiction of Sohana police station. So you should contact Sohana SHO.”

When Sohana SHO Satwant Singh was contacted, he also said, “The crime area does not fall under the jurisdiction of Sohana police.”

According to information, even the senior police officials were not clear about the jurisdiction. It was only after confirming from a local resident at 1am that cops came to know that the area was under the jurisdiction of the Balongi police.

The first information report (FIR) registered at the Balongi police station reveals that at 12.20am, police reported the daily diary report (DDR) of the incident.

However, the car was snatched at around 9.30pm and police were called at 9.47pm. Complaint Jagjit Singh, a resident of Bariyali, said two miscreants, who were in a Marauti Swift car, blocked his way after overtaking him and asked to hand over keys of the car to them, and one of them fled with his car.

Singh said as his mobile phone was in the car, he could inform police only after reaching home, which is a kilometre away from crime spot.

Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said, “Jurisdictions are necessary to register an FIR. It’s true that there are some grey areas where police face such problem. Yesterday, all senior officials were on the spot, and police teams have been working on different leads. The case will be traced soon.”

During investigation, police raided parking lots of different flats in Sector 91, SAS Nagar, and Phase 7, Industrial Area.

Senior officials pass buck

When contacted at around 11.19pm on Tuesday, superintendent of police (SP) Ashish Kapoor said details were available with the DSP, Kharar.

Interestingly, when DSP Kharar Raj Balwinder Singh Mrar was contacted, he said the crime had taken place in the jurisdiction of Phase 1 police station.

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