In a novel step taken to facilitate the common man, the district police authorities on Thursday, for the first time, dispatched a copy of a first-information report (FIR) to a complainant through email.
Minister of state for food and supplies Karan Dev Kamboj, who was in the city, sent the police email at a low-profile function to launch the facility.
On December 13, HT had first reported the decision of the inspector general of police, Karnal range, Hanif Qureshi to ensure the delivery of the document at the doorstep of a complainant.
Qureshi had said the trouble that a middle-aged couple had to take in obtaining a copy of FIR had driven him to introduce this initiative. He had conceded that it was a known fact that getting a copy of FIR on several occasions turns out to be a troublesome exercise.
It is probably adopted for the first time in Haryana and the facility is effectively implemented in Karnal, Kurukshetra, Yamunanagar and Kaithal districts, parts of Karnal police range.
A resident of Moti Nagar in Karnal city, Brijesh Kumar had lodged a complaint at the city police station on December 23 alleging that his tenant was an imposter and showed his fake identity to take house on rent.
Acting swiftly, the police had arrested accused Rohit the same day, who was claiming to be a junior engineer in a state-owned power distribution company.
Fake identity cards were allegedly recovered from his possession and the police authorities said at least five complaints had been received against Rohit for duping unemployed youths after taking money from them on the pretext of arranging jobs.
Complaint Brijesh had alleged that Rohit had taken Rs 80,000 fraudulently and stole a gold chain of his wife.
Superintendent of police Abhishek Garg said the complainant would have an option of getting its copy either on email or a as a hard copy, which would be delivered at her or his doorstep in a sealed envelope. There would be no charges for it, he said.
HT had reported that on December 10, Chajju and Roshni of Khurana Road in Subhash Nagar locality of Kaithal city, had sustained grave injuries after they were allegedly attacked by their close relatives.
As the couple was rushed to the government hospital for treatment, the officials at the city police station in Kaithal refused to issue a copy of the FIR to their relatives. Police officials insisted that as per norms, a copy of FIR would be handed over to the complainant only.
Finally, Chajju, whose fractured legs were plastered, had to come to the police station in an ambulance to get a copy of the FIR. His plight moved Qureshi, a 1996-batch IPS officer.
“As I enquired, it turned out to be very disturbing and it prompted me to introduce the initiative in larger interest of public without any delay,” Qureshi had told HT.