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Woman robbed in auto: Police file FIR

After a Hindustan Times report on Tuesday highlighted the plight of an airline employee who was not only robbed of her valuables while she was travelling in an autorickshaw, but also denied help by the local police, the Khar police, on Friday, registered a first information report (FIR).

mumbai Updated: Dec 15, 2012 01:35 IST
Puja Changoiwala

After a Hindustan Times report on Tuesday highlighted the plight of an airline employee who was not only robbed of her valuables while she was travelling in an autorickshaw, but also denied help by the local police, the Khar police, on Friday, registered a first information report (FIR).

Joint commissioner of police (law and order), Sadanand Date also called for a default report inquiring into the issue.

On November 17, Daisy D’souza, a Bandra resident, was travelling in an auto in Bandra when two men on a motorbike drove up alongside the rickshaw. The pillion rider snatched the purse on her lap and fled. When she approached the Bandra police, they sent her to the Khar police, who allegedly showed “no interest” in helping her.

After HT published the report on December 11, Date got in touch with the victim and instructed the Khar police to register an FIR immediately. However, because she had been keeping unwell, she filed the formal complaint only on Friday.

“We have registered a case under Indian Penal Code sections 392 for robbery and 34 for common intent against the two unidentified accused. The victim was not able to note the registration number of the bike. Our investigation is in progress and they should be caught soon,” said an official from the Khar police station who added that the police would soon prepare sketches of the accused.

Date said, “I have ordered an inquiry into why the FIR was not registered in the first place.”

D’souza, meanwhile, said that although she was satisfied with the eventual cooperation from the police, she expressed displeasure at the fact that it happened only after an intervention by a newspaper. “It is extremely disappointing that the common man has to struggle so much to get help from the police. I am glad that they have registered the case now, but this just shows their apathy,” she said. “It has now been a month since the incident. I do not remember the faces now and there is no way I can trace the auto driver.”