Friends and relatives of missing persons, having waited for 12 days since the deluge began in Uttarakhand, are now opting for the FIR route in a last-ditch attempt to get back their close ones.
Some of them, such as Mahesh from Hisar, have been advised to do so by policemen themselves.
The Uttarakhand police have conducted a videography of 2,300 pilgrims who have been rescued from various parts of the state and the video is being shown on projectors to the relatives.
And if they are unable to spot the missing people in the video or contact them by any means, they are going to various police stations or special counters to lodge the FIRs.
Around 1,000 FIRs have been lodged at the police stations in Rishikesh, which is the staring point of the Chardham (Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath) yatra, about 570 in Dehradun and some 130 in Haridwar.
Inspector general of police (law and order) Ram Singh Meena said the process of filing FIRs had been made simple and special counters had been set up at the police lines, bus stands and railway stations.