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Lost phones rarely found

delhi Updated: Mar 24, 2010 23:17 IST
Vijaita Singh
Vijaita Singh
Hindustan Times
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If your mobile phone has been lost or stolen and the police do register a complaint, the chances of getting it back are only 2 per cent.

This revelation was made in a reply to a query filed under the Right To Information (RTI) Act by a man who lost his mobile phone but never heard from the police.

According to information provided by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), in the past two years, 56,841 mobile phones were stolen in Delhi.

Of them, only 1,208 were tracked, recovered and restored to their owners by the Delhi Police. Debashish Bhattacharya, a resident of Mandir Marg lost his mobile phone in his neighbourhood on December 14, last year.

“Despite my repeated reminders, they did not track my phone. They even had my IMEI number. Fed up with this, I decided to file an RTI application,” said Bhattacharya.

“Of the 11 districts in Delhi, only two have mobile tracking units. So getting people’s phones and stolen items back is obviously not their priority,” said Bhattacharya.

Only two districts in Delhi —northeast and central have a dedicated mobile tracking unit.

“What shocks me is that the police don’t have a system to track such phones in times when we have so many terror strikes and security issues,” added Bhattacharya.

Bhattacharya is not alone. There are thousands like him.

Geeta Sharma lost her mobile phone when she had gone to Kamla Market in 2007.

“I was in the market when a bike-borne man snatched my phone. I called the police and they gave me a receipt that I have lost my mobile phone. It’s been three years but I have not heard anything from the cops nor has my phone been recovered,” said Sharma, a housewife.

The maximum number of mobile phones were stolen from north Delhi followed by central and east Delhi.

The New Delhi district that houses the Parliament of India and other vital establishments reported a loss of 6912 mobile phones. Of these, only 48 have been recovered.